Netizens reacted to Duterte-De Lima clash

Netizens reacted to Duterte-De Lima clash

- Netizens reacted to the word ward happening between President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila De Lima

- De Lima during a press briefing Thursday morning cried foul over Duterte's allegations of her being an immoral woman after having an affair with her married driver

- The two have had heated arguments which started after De Lima calling out Duterte's ways of dealing with drugs and criminality 

Netizens reacted to Duterte-De Lima clash

President Rodrigo Duterte shaking the hands of Senator Leila De Lima during the president's first SONA. Photo by Philstar.com

A war has been declared.

After the heated exchange of words between President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila De Lima on the alleged link of the President to the rising number of summary executions, the President called the senator an "immoral woman".

The allegation stems from the supposed relationship between De Lima and her driver, who apparently collected money from convicted drug criminals to finance De Lima's senatorial bid.

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The president, in his speech next to the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) talked about a senator who is vocal in investigating the rising number of extra-judicial killings in line with his administration's war on drugs.

While not naming De Lima initially, reports surfaced claiming that the President was referring to the lady senator who earlier filed a senate resolution to call for an investigation on the summary executions.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Party also expressed their support to De Lima, who ran under the LP banner in her senatorial bid early Thursday morning.

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Netizens reacted to Duterte-De Lima clash

Senator Risa Hontiveros also expressed her support to Senator De Lima calling out Duterte's comments. Photo from www.senate.gov.ph

Senator Risa Hontiveros also called out Duterte's remarks saying it was offensive. De Lima also called for a press conference early today to express how she felt about the president's remarks.

Meanwhile, netizens reacted to the clash happening between the chief executive and the senator. Here are some of the reactions online:

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While there were those who chose to rally behind the lady senator, there were also some who were not affected by the senator's speech and supported the president.

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There were also those who questioned the president's attacks on female government officials.

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