IT seems that President Rodrigo Duterte is “immune” to advice.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson made the remark as he lamented the President’s refusal to follow the advice of his allies in the Senate and the House of Representatives to be careful with his statements and avoid creating controversies.
“I will not shut up,” the President said in a strong response to friendly advice to stop using colorful language.
“That’s his call,” Lacson said when pressed to comment on Duterte’s reply to refrain from using “bad words” against his opponents,
“And kung ayaw nya mag-shut ng mouth, it’s up to him. And it seems hindi talaga siya tinatablan ng advice. So what he deems fit yan na lang gawin niya,” Lacson said in a chance interview.
Asked whether the Duterte administration is heading toward self-destruction, Lacson said: “These are unnecessary comments, ‘yung go to hell. For what? Pero ang impact sa kabilang party, masyadong matindi.”
He was referring to the recent instance of the President telling US President Barack Obama to “go to hell” as Duterte decried the US leader’s perceived meddling into the affairs of the Philippine government.
Senators Richard Gordon and Lacson had expressed hope that the President will be “more careful” with his public utterances concerning his all-out war against illegal drugs.
Gordon on Monday expressed concern about the President’s use of foul language in defending his bloody anti-drug campaign which could hurt the country’s image in the international community.
“We have to protect the country from bad statements and the President has the duty to be a statesman. He must not be heard saying all bad words,” said Gordon.
He made the remark during the fourth public hearing on the alleged extrajudicial killings of suspected drug traffickers which has already reached over 1,000 as of last month.
Lacson said that he finds it uncomfortable hearing the President apologizing for his supposed hurtful remarks about the killing of Jews by Hitler which he likened to his desire to kill three million Filipino drug couriers and addicts.