THE verbal tussle continues between President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima.
The lady senator branded the President a “misogynist” and “chauvinist.” Chauvinist means a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women while misogynist refers to a person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism.
“Duterte’s latest verbal abuse against me is simply characteristic of his being a misogynist and chauvinist,” said De Lima.
“That’s all it is and there is no need to dignify it with any further reply. It is regrettable that he has become so low. God help our country,” she added.
De Lima made the comment after Duterte said the senator “was not only screwing her driver, she was screwing the nation.”
In a speech at an inauguration of a power plant in Misamis Oriental, Duterte slammed what he called De Lima’s “propensity for sex.”
“De Lima, she was seven years chairman of Human Rights. Binibira niya ako. Hindi naman nag-file ng kaso. When she was Secretary of Justice, she was building a name at my [expense] para ma-popular,” Duterte said.
“Now what? She was not only screwing her driver, she was screwing the nation. O ngayon, saan na ang human rights? Kaninong papel ang ginamit ninyo? Where were the papers?” the President added.
De Lima had investigated Duterte’s alleged links to the so-called Davao Death Squad during her stint as chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
Duterte had accused De Lima of having an affair with her former driver Ronnie Dayan.
The president also alleged that Dayan was De Lima’s link to the drug trade in the national penitentiary.
The lady senator believes that Duterte wants her out of the Senate, saying the “entire machinery” of the executive department is being used to harass her.
“Napaka-lopsided [ng laban]. Imagine, the entire machinery of the executive department tapos nalulungkot ako na mismo sa Kongreso, parang tumutulong sila sa panggigipit sa akin,” De Lima said in a radio interview.