PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte eats death threats for breakfast, Malacanang said yesterday after the police thwarted a slay plot against him.
“The President eats threats for breakfast. Meaning to say, it is not something new to him. He said it again and again that he puts his honor, his life, his presidency on the line. It is a very heroic stand,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said yesterday.
“Because he really understands that there is a call to war on several fronts already: war on drugs, war on terrorism, and war on crime. He is engaged in several fronts and he is really aware that his life is constantly under threat,” Abella noted.
“The President is pretty much untouched by these threats. Concerned but not worried,” Abella told Palace reporters yesterday.
Abella also insisted that Duterte himself knew that he is putting his life in danger as he pushed the war against illegal drugs.
Despite the threats, Abella said that it will be business as usual for the President and said he doubts Duterte will lessen trips out of the comfort and security of Malacañang.
Earlier in the day, police claimed to have thwarted the assassination plot after busting a suspected gun smuggling syndicate supposed to sell gun parts to a group planning to kill the President.
“Ang sabi sa akin ng boss ko, ‘yung number one customer namin may balak umorder ng lower end gun parts at gagamitin sa assasination [kay] President Duterte,” said Wilford Palma, who admitted to being part of the gun smuggling group.