Detained Senator Leila de Lima reacted to President Rodrigo Duterte's tirade by posting a series of tweets after the Filipino leader took potshots at her during the government's pandemic response briefing.
De Lima posted, "Mr. President, maawa ka naman sa taumbayan. Namamatay na mga mahal nila sa buhay ako pa rin ang problema mo? (Mr. President (Duterte), have mercy on the people. Their loved ones are dying, yet I'm still your problem?)"
She followed it up with, "Huwag ka rin sinungaling. Alam naman ng lahat na ikaw ang ayaw magban sa mainland Chinese noong kumakalat na ang virus dahil tuta ka nila. (Don't be a liar either. Everyone knows that you were the one who didn't want to ban mainland Chinese when the virus was spreading because you were their whelp.)"
De Lima also urged the president to focus on his work saying, "Magtrabaho ka na lang Duterte. Kung nagtrabaho ka lang sana hindi tayo umabot sa ganito. Huwag ka na lang puro ngawngaw. (Just work Duterte. If you had only worked we would not have reached this point. Don't just chatter.)"
She concluded her post with the viral hashtag "#DutertePalpak".
Duterte slammed De Lima after the jailed senator called him out for playing golf and riding a motorcycle in the midst of the surging COVID-19 infections in the country.
"Pag binabastos ninyo ako, babastusin ko rin kayo. Kagaya kay De Lima. Tama ‘yan sa’yo. Magtiis ka. P***g i*a mo. Binastos mo ang Pilipinas na droga dyan mismo sa National Penitentiary. (If you disrespect me, I will disrespect you. Like De Lima. You deserve that. You will suffer. You son of a b****. You disrespected the Philippines [by selling] drugs at the National Penitentiary),” Duterte said.
Duterte vanished from the public eye for two weeks since addressing the nation on March 29.
De Lima has been imprisoned since 2017 for allegedly using drug money for her senatorial campaign in 2016.
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