Duterte in Senate hearing today-A A +A
Sunday, February 2, 2014
DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima are expected to see each other in the hearing of the Senate committee on agriculture and food today, February 3, to shed light on the prevalence of rice smuggling in the country.
Aside from Duterte’s testimony on rice smuggling, the public also anticipates the face-off between the two leaders, who were in a word war on rice smuggling.
Duterte, in his program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa on Sunday, said he is "not excited" but he looks forward to his testimony today.
When asked how he would react to the presence of De Lima, Duterte said, "Wala man ko kaila niya (I don't know her)" and continued by singing "malayo ang tingin..."
"Dili uy. Ngano makig-away man ko ana niya? Muingon ra ko, maayong buntag, Ma'am (I will not pick a fight with her. I will merely say, good morning, ma'am)," he said.
De Lima and Duterte have been exchanging “shut-ups” with each other on separate interviews.
The argument started when Duterte said he has found malice in De Lima's statement when she insisted that Davidson or David Tan or Bangayan or Banggayan is from Davao City.
Duterte even urged De Lima to resign from her post "out of delicadeza."
De Lima, on the other hand, described Duterte as the one who has a "lousy mouth." She told him the DOJ is doing their job and that they know what they are doing.
Duterte has been invited to appear before the Senate today, 10 a.m., upon the motion of Senator Grace Poe.
"Pero ang hearing dili tungod sa akong pamalikas, pero tungod sa smuggling (The hearing is not about my criticisms but about smuggling)," he said.
He said he remains consistent with his claims that David Tan and Davidson Bangayan is the person involved in the rice smuggling.
He said it was him who first had the picture of Tan and verified it before disseminating to the public.
In fact, he said that aside from Tan, he has names of those who are involved.
"Naa koy listahan sa mga tao but I will just give this to law enforcement people, rather than bring out the names na wala man pud kay proof (I have a list, but I will give this to law enforcers rather than name names without evidence). You do not prosecute people like that," he said.
Senator Poe, during the hearing on January 22, said it is high time that the real David Tan be unmasked to put a stop to the rampant illegal smuggling of rice in the country.
Poe said Duterte can present witnesses that will attest before the panel on the real identity of Bangayan and David Tan.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 03, 2014.