“STOP yakking to avoid nervous breakdown”.
This was President Rodrigo Duterte’s advice to Sen. Leila de Lima as he responded to her outbursts amid their escalating word war including her dare for Duterte to arrest her now.
“You know, I’d like to, in all sincerity as a human being, I think honestly, I’m not trying to derogate her, she’s a lawyer, she’s bright, I think she’s breaking down,” Duterte said in a press conference after his departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Duterte said De Lima might experience a “nervous breakdown” if she continues to “yak.”
He advised the senator to take some rest.
“I would suggest that she take days off then maybe…if she continues yakking there and listening to…she will have a nervous breakdown,” he said.
Duterte said the most “serious” charge against De Lima could be that she used drug money to fund her senatorial bid.
“I was the one oppressed,” Duterte said in answer to De Lima’s complaint that she is being harassed.
The President said De Lima launched several investigations but no single case was filed against him.
“Look, she was the chairperson of the human rights for many years, she was the secretary of justice for many years, she has been a senator for a time now, in all of these events in her life, she talked about me harping on extrajudicial killings,” he told reporters.
“Anong gawain ko sa kanya?” he said, adding De Lima could be tapped for a role in a drama show.
“Actually, except for the itong drugs linking her sa…, I think the most serious charges against her is the portals of the national government have been opened by her election as senator because of the drug money,” the President said.
He said illegal drugs are now all over the country.
“We are now a narco-politics,” he said, noting 92 percent of the villages in the country is infested by illegal drugs.
He said this was the reason why he wanted the postponement of the barangay elections.