In his latest speech President Rodrigo Duterte revealed why he finally got fed up with Leila De Lima. Previously the President has said that he “kept quiet” in the face of De Lima’s constant attacks, which he describes as “libelous” and “slanderous,” because the senator “is a lady.”
But what finally got the ire of the President was De Lima’s accusation that the police are behind the killings of drug pushers that are happening around the country. “I did not go overboard, she did. Pinagbibintangan niya yung mga pulis, namamatay na nga (sila).”
The President is known to be very protective of those who put their lives at risk in the line of duty. He has even ordered the Philippine National Police and members of the Armed Forces not to put the safety of the criminals that they are trying to arrest ahead of their own.
“If your lives are not in danger, then do not shoot,” Duterte warns, “but if the criminal you are trying to arrest resists violently, and your life is in danger, then shoot him. And I will give you a medal.”
While Duterte’s hardline stance against drug pushers and criminals have met with widespread approval from majority of Filipinos, there are moves among his critics and political enemies to implicate him in various unsolved copycat killings and gangland rub-outs.
The President has accused De Lima, a member of the Liberal Party, of using drug money to fund her campaign. Aside from De Lima, another prominent party leader that has been linked to the illegal drugs trade is former Agriculture Secretary, Proceso Alcala – whose brother recently surrendered after being wanted since 2008 for drug charges.