Palace shrugs off De Lima’s ‘nonsense’ rants vs Duterte
MALACAÑANG on Tuesday, February 5, brushed aside the “nonsense” rants of detained Senator Leila de Lima against President Rodrigo Duterte for supposed failure of his administration to curb terror acts in war-torn Mindanao.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo claimed De Lima merely wants to get public attention since the opposition senator has become an “irrelevant” public figure.
“The detained Senator Leila de Lima is talking nonsense. Her confinement has dulled her senses,” the Palace official said.
“Having lost a venue in the halls of Congress for her attacks on the President, and having become an irrelevant political entity, she tries to re-enter the public’s consciousness by dishing out reckless and offensive rants against the President reducing herself into a pathetic figure and a pitiful caricature,” he added.
Panelo issued a statement after De Lima had alluded that there might be a “cover-up and whitewash” in the real motives for bombing a Cathedral church in Jolo, Sulu and a mosque in Zamboanga City.
On Monday, February 4, De Lima questioned the intelligence community’s capability to counter terrorism, following the recent blasts in Jolo, Sulu and Zamboanga.
She then called for an independent investigation on the bombing incidents, saying the “truth” behind the recent explosions must come out.
“If, indeed, it was the terrorists who did the bombings, it also proves one thing: That the gangster-like antics of Duterte cannot protect the people against terrorists and neither can he scare them away to curb their agenda,” she said.
“The first was Marawi, now Jolo and Zamboanga. His threats are nothing but empty words to real terrorists. To put it bluntly, he is mighty in words, but inept in action,” De Lima added.