President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said the Philippines would have turned into a narco-politics state had he not launched his administration’s aggressive crackdown on illegal drugs.
Duterte made this declaration after lambasting detained Senator Leila de Lima for her remark about Senator Christopher “Bong” Go allegedly “covering up” for him while he was out of the public eye last week and “misleading” Filipinos on his true capacity to lead.
He denied that he was covering up anything, saying he was busy reviewing papers at Malacañan Palace.
The President later spewed verbal attacks against De Lima for her supposed role in the drug proliferation inside the national penitentiary during her stint as justice secretary.
“This Leila de Lima. Stop covering for what? For what crime? For what -What you entered into could destroy our country,” he said in a pre-recorded public address partly in Filipino.
Duterte said de Lima deserved to be in jail since she insulted the country by allowing illegal drugs to proliferate under her watch.
“You deserve being in jail. You insulted the Philippines with drugs in the national penitentiary. Now you keep talking saying that I can’t lead the country,” he said.
He said the people who voted for him as president are testament to his capacity to lead.
“Did you elect me as President? I got my votes, substantial one, to make me a credible president, six million, that’s six million),” he said.
He said de Lima was simply “angry” about his winning the 2016 presidential elections and his administration’s accomplishments in fighting the illegal drug trade.
Duterte added that de Lima’s “mad desire to be president” pushed her to “ask money from everybody.”
“You’re just angry because I became President. You’re just angry because I did something for our country. You’re just angry because I did not allow our country to have gone to the dogs,” he said in Filipino.
Had he not been elected, Duterte said the country would have turned into a narco-politics state.“I’m angry because I won’t allow our children to live in a narco-state. I’m angry because if I didn’t do anything, we would have been a narco-politics state,” he said in Filipino. SOVEREIGNPH