Palace shrugs off De Lima’s ‘non­sense’ rants vs Duterte

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

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.

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