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CALLS HER SPOKESMAN FOR CRIMINALS

President Duterte came out with all his guns blazing against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales yesterday for alleging in an intervew with Japenese broadcast outfit NHK that Mr. Duterte “was goading people to kill people” with his scathing rhetoric in relation to the war on drugs. Mr. Duterte advised Morales to “cut the hypocrisy” as he unleashed his verbal attacks spiced with profanities against Morales for publicly criticizing his death threats against criminals.

A fuming Mr. Duterte castigated the Ombudsman for supposedly presenting herself as a moral authority, saying that her very office is wrapped with corruption itself.
“Let me respond to the Ombudsman Conchita Morales (who) blew her top and castigated me publicly for just mentioning killing the criminals... Watch your mouth. Do not be the conscience of the community,” Mr. Duterte said.
“Why? Is not the Ombudsman corrupt? Son of a bitch, ask anybody with cases there... I have dealings with them when I was a prosecutor, my god, I know what’s in there. Stop being too righteous,” he added.
Mr. Duterte also confronted Morales for allegedly sitting pretty on the resurgence of the illegal drugs trade inside the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) while appearing to be a defender of criminals.
“Don’t you know that drugs are back? All you do is to sit... Since when did you anoint yourself as the spokesman for the criminals? You talk too much. You should put brakes in your mouth because we have a serious problem, really,” he said.
Fix your job and shut up
“Fix your job. Don’t assume that you’re a saint. Do not play god and shut up... You were once in the Supreme Court but you seem to be ignorant about the law. You should be ashamed of yourself,” the President added.
The camp of detained Sen. Leila de Lima has been seeking for the Office of the Ombudsman to handle the case filed by Department of Justice (DoJ) against her.
The former Justice Secretary de Lima was accused of protecting narcotic syndicates operating inside the NBP. It was also accused through the several hearings held at the House of Representatives that she raised her campaign kitty for the 2016 senatorial elections came from the illegal trade inside the penitentiary.
In an interview with Japanese news agency NHK aired on Thursday last week, Morales said that Mr. Duterte’s frequent “I will kill you” statements are “goading people to kill people,” stressing that this is unacceptable.
The President responded to Morales saying that there is no law that can prevent him from threatening criminals.
He challenged her to provide him any legal prescription that impedes anybody to scare criminals.
If the Ombudsman can meet his challenge, Mr. Duterte said that he is ready to abandon the presidency.
“Ombudsman Morales, find me a law, which says I cannot threaten criminals with death. Find me a law, which would bar me from saying I will destroy you if you destroy my country,” the President said.
“If you can do that, I will step down at once,” he added.
The Chief Executive warned Morales that he will be relentless in cursing her the way he did to other critics who “are more powerful” than her, particularly former US president Barack Obama.
“I am not afraid of her. I can call Obama a son of a bitch, what more on her?” he said, adding that he wouldn’t care even if they have family ties.
Ombudsman Morales is the sister of Atty. Lucas Carpio, husband of Court of Appeals Justice Agnes Reyes Carpio. Agnes and Lucas are the parents of presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s husband, Mans Carpio.
No love lost with Fidel
While feisty toward other critics, Mr. Duterte, meanwhile, said he will not fight back and simply heed any advice given to him by former President Fidel Ramos.
The incumbent president surprisingly delivered a few words in his attendance at Ramos’ new book launch at Camp Aguinaldo yesterday.
“President Fidel V. Ramos, you are my idol. You are my number one supporter, but at the same time you are the number one critic now,” Mr. Duterte said, which made the former president laugh.
“So it is a matter really of principle in life. And I respect your criticism. I accept your advice. And maybe I will mimic your role as president before,” he added.
Ramos, who convinced then Davao City Mayor Duterte to run for the presidency, is often criticizing the President for the sudden policy shifts the administration has taken in its first year.
Raps vs Noy ‘moro-moro’ — Rody
Mr. Duterte added that while Aquino should carry the burden of the botched Mamasapano massacre in 2015, the recent move by the Office of the Ombudsman to file raps against the former President is futile.
Talking to reporters at the sidelines of the turnover ceremony of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in Malacañang, Mr. Duterte said that the charges mulled by the Ombudsman last Friday are wrong charges.
“It’s more of a moro-moro. Charging Aquino for that, it’s a silly charge,” the President said.
“I am sure that the charges against Aquino will fail,” he added.
Morales ordered the filing of charges against Aquino for Usurpation of Authority in accordance to Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code and the violation of Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act 3019).
Standing as his co-conspirators, are former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and Director Getulio Napeñas of the Special Action Force (SAF).
Mr. Duterte, a former state prosecutor, declined to opine on what charges should be filed against his successor.
But one thing is clear for the incumbent President, Aquino is largely at fault in the botched operation.
“No one, but Aquino should bear the burden of his shortcomings,” Mr. Duterte said.
“There was command responsibility on Aquino’s part. The president has control of all departments because he has the power to override orders,” he added.
The Mamasapano massacre occured during the pursuit operations led by the SAF against terrorist leaders.
44 elite police combatants were killed not by terrorists but by joint elements of Bangsamoro insurgents, prominently the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Ironically, Mr. Duterte’s statements against Aquino came after a ceremony hosting leaders of the MILF in Malacañang.
Nonetheless, hopes for a successful BBL passage was echoed by the Chief Executive yesterday.
“The draft bill, jointly written by our Muslim, Christian, and Lumad brothers and sisters, shall give rise to a genuine autonomous region as well as bring forth healing and reconciliation to the historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro people,” Mr. Duterte said in his speech.
“Indeed, the entire country will benefit from it along with the region for the Bangsamoro people. May this new entity be marked by good governance, equitable sharing of wealth and generation of revenue, and normalized, stable environment,” he added.

 

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