Duterte’s statement meant for de Lima-A A +A
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said his “talk-too-much-act-too-slow-and-do-too-little” statement during the Senate’s rice smuggling hearing was meant for Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
"Para iya man ‘to. Ingna siya (It's for her. Tell her)," Duterte told reporters in an interview on the sideline of his visit to his departed mother at the Wireless Cemetery.
Without naming De Lima, Duterte during the committee hearing on rice smuggling at the Senate said, "The trouble with us in government is that we talk too much, act too slow, and do too little, don't we?"
Meanwhile, Rappler.com reported that de Lima found Duterte's statement as "unfair".
"Ayaw ko na patulan nang ganoon kasi baka sabihin nag-aangat ako ng sariling bangko, but I will state it na unfair po 'yun na sabihin, dada lang kami nang dada sa gobyerno. May resulta lagi, you be the judge. Kung nababagalan siya, several ang reasons diyan. Maingat din dapat tayo, sinisiguro ng NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) na airtight ang kaso," she said.
Duterte, however, is not yet done with his criticisms against de Lima.
He reminded the Justice Secretary on the separation of power between the legislative and executive departments, branding the Cabinet secretary as "stupid".
"She's a lawyer. She's not supposed to comment in the Senate. Kabugok niya. Mao bitaw akong ingon bugok ning bataa ni. Separate nang Senate ug kanang Executive Department (She's dumb. The Senate and Executive Department are entirely separate from each other)," Duterte said.
"Kita ka gahapon (February 3) walay niduol niya nga senador? (Did you watch Wednesday's hearing? No senator approached her)," he said.
He said he also did not pay any courtesy to de Lima in the Senate as he "does not know" her.
"That statement was really unwise, uncalled for. Dili niya tudluan ang Senado. Mabigyan na siya diha. Mao bitaw na siya dili ma confirm iyang appointment as secretary (She shouldn't teach the Senate, otherwise, it will boomerang on her. That's why she wasn't yet confirmed as secretary)," he said.
"Tudluan ko lang na siya.. That is improper. Wa gyud magtuon. Kita ka? Ug wala ko miadtog Manila, wala gi-aresto si David Tan (I'll try to teach her but she is not learning. Didn't you see, if I didn't go to Manila, David Tan would have not been arrested)," he added.
Aside from de Lima, Duterte also fired back against Presidential Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr.
Coloma reminded Duterte anew that he should uphold the rule of law when going after criminals.
"All government officials, whether local or national, have the basic responsibility to uphold the rule of law," Coloma said. He assured the public that the government is working on reforms to address problems such as rice smuggling.
But, Duterte said: "Do not teach me. Do not remind me of the rule of law. I'll do it my way kasi yang rule of law ninyo walang kwenta yan. It's just a matter of arrest, prosecution. Ang mga criminal dili mahadlok. Ingna patyon ta ka, di ba musibat. Ganun yan eh. Ug mubalik, tiwasan gyud nimo alangan. Ug di pud nimo tiwasan, mawad-an ug bilib ang tao sa imo (Criminals don't fear unless you tell them you'll kill them they won't leave. If they return, finish them otherwise, people won't believe you anymore)," he said.
Duterte paid a visit to his mother, Nanay Soling, at Wireless Cemetery on February 4, Tuesday late afternoon.
It was his mother's second death anniversary.
After answering all the post-Senate-appearance questions that Davao reporters threw at him, Duterte jested: “Hala Ma, oh, si de Lima, Ma!”
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 06, 2014.