President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed his ire on Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo whom he accused of lying about his whereabouts while Typhoon “Ulysses” was pounding Luzon.
Duterte blasts Robredo, calls her a liar President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed his ire on Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo whom he accused of lying about his whereabouts while Typhoon “Ulysses” was pounding Luzon. “I would like to just give caution to the vice president.
“I would like to just give caution to the vice president. She made a blunder, a big one, and she practically lied making her incapable of truth,” the President said during a public briefing on Tuesday night.
“Alam mo ‘yung pakana niya na wala ako sa bagyo — I was here, dito. I was attending a summit — Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) Summit ‘yon (You know her scheme during the typhoon that I was not here, I was here. I was attending a summit — Asean Summit),” Duterte said.
He said Robredo knew where he was while the #NasaanAngPangulo trended on Twitter.
Duterte slammed Robredo for grandstanding during the calamity.
“So, huwag ka masyadong porma-porma; hindi mo talaga panahon. Hindi mo pa panahon. Not time to be grandstanding,” he said.
“Do not compete with me and do not start a quarrel with me kasi ikaw wala ka talagang nagawa except ‘yang mga tawag-tawag (you did not do anything but make calls),” he fumed.
Duterte said he gave orders days before the typhoon hit.
“You were presuming that I should be giving orders on the day of the storm. That is stupid. That is why you cannot become a president. Mahina ka eh (You were presuming that I would be giving orders on the day of the storm. That is stupid. That is why you cannot become a president. You are weak),” he told Robredo.
“So, I hate to say this, but kung ganun ka, huwag kang magtakbo ng presidente— talagang mahina ka. You do not know and then you lied (So I hate to say this but if you are like that, do not run for president — you really are weak. You do not know and then you lied),” Duterte added.
He said he would insult Robredo the next time she commits a mistake.
Robredo hit back at the President on Wednesday, saying relief assistance is not a competition.
Responding to insinuations on Duterte’s inquiry about her whereabouts and in which home she goes to every night, Robredo called him a “misogynist.”
“When a President is a misogynist, the conversation goes down to this level. Eto po yung ginagawa namin gabi, nagpupuyat ilang linggo na para, araw-araw, may madala lang na tulong sa mga nangangailangan (This is what we do every night, we stay up late for the past few weeks so we can send aid to those in need every day),” Robredo posted on Twitter along with a video of the repacking of relief goods in her office.
“Sa panahon ng matinding sakuna, dapat lahat na tulong, welcome. Hindi ito contest. Hindi tayo nag-uunahan. Lahat tayo dapat nagtutulong tulong para sa ating mga kababayan (In times of calamities, all help should be welcomed. This is not a contest. We are not in a race. All of us must unite in helping our fellowmen),” she said.
Robredo clarified that she did not ask about the President’s whereabouts during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.””
“I am also calling out whoever peddled the fake news to the President, kaya ganito siya ka pikon (that’s why he is so mad). I never said, “Where is the President”? You can review all my tweets,” she said.
Robredo said this was not the first time that Duterte got piqued over false information. She recalled that the President fired her as a Cabinet member over false information that she joined an EDSA rally.
“If I were politicking, I would not have bothered to go to those oft forgotten coastal towns that have very few voters or go to Cagayan and Isabela, which are known Marcos bailiwicks. If I were after votes, I would have spent my time elsewhere,” she said.
Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said what angered the President was that Robredo made it appear that she was the one in charge of the government’s relief efforts.
“Her twitter posts making it appear that she was the one calling the shots at the time of the typhoon was completely out of order,” Roque said.
“It was completely out of order that she misinformed the people, the nation as if she was the one in charge of relief efforts,” he added.
By Keith Calayag, November 19, 2020
WITH DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ