Pres­i­dent lashes out at rel­a­tive

Tempo - - Front Page - (Ge­na­lyn D. Ka­bil­ing)

A word war has erupted be­tween Pres­i­dent Duterte and Om­buds­man Con­chita Car­pio Mo­rales over her crit­i­cism of the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive’s threat to kill crim­i­nals.

The Pres­i­dent lashed out at the Om­buds­man for med­dling with his anti-drug crack­down, say­ing she should shut up and fo­cus on clean­ing up her cor­rup­tion-prone of­fice.

A fum­ing Pres­i­dent even of­fered to re­sign if the Om­buds­man could find a law pro­hibit­ing him from threat­en­ing drug crim­i­nals with death.

“Do not play God and shut up,” the Pres­i­dent said dur­ing the oath­tak­ing cer­e­mony of govern­ment of­fi­cials in Mala­cañang yes­ter­day.

“Om­buds­man Mo­rales, find me a law which says I can­not threaten crim­i­nals with death. Find me a law that will bar me from say­ing I will de­stroy you if you de­stroy my coun­try be­cause if you can do that I will step down to­mor­row,” he said.

The Pres­i­dent de­nounced the Om­buds­man for pub­licly cas­ti­gat­ing him sim­i­lar to the ac­tion of for­mer US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, say­ing her of­fice has its own share of of­fenses.

“Since when did you anoint your­self as the spokesman for the crim­i­nals? Ren­da­han mo nga bun­ganga mo kasi may prob­lem,” the Pres­i­dent said. “Mahiya ka sa sar­ili mo,” he added.

He in­sin­u­ated that the Om­buds­man’s of­fice is plagued with cor­rup­tion prob­lems, cit­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence when he was a Davao City pros­e­cu­tor. “Ayusin mo yang Om­buds­man mo akala mo santo kayo dyan,” he added.

The Pres­i­dent in­sisted that there was noth­ing il­le­gal with threat­en­ing to kill crim­i­nals in the coun­try. Duterte, who has launched a bru­tal crack­down on il­le­gal drugs and crimes, said he has a sworn duty to pro­tect and de­fend the Filipino na­tion.

“Abo­gado ka, anak ng jueteng. Ako, or­di­naryo lang, 75 pero alam ko ang batas ko. Ikaw, du­mat­ing ka pa ng Supreme Court, ‘di mo alam ‘yan?” he said.

The Pres­i­dent ad­mit­ted that he tried to re­strain his com­ments against Mo­rales due to their fam­ily re­la­tions. But he re­sented the Om­buds­man’s pub­lic scru­tiny of his anti-drug ef­forts.

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