- President Rodrigo Duterte has attacked Senator Leila de Lima for being an immoral woman
- Former Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda encourages De Lima to remain strong and condemned Duterte for disrespecting women
- He also quoted Obama Michelle, who encouraged people to not stoop down to the level of critics
While President Rodrigo Duterte continues to attack Senator Leila de Lima for being an immoral woman, former Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda encourages her to remain strong and criticized Duterte for disrespecting women.
Lacierda posted on Facebook that he understands that De Lima was hurt by the President’s “ill-concealed personal attack.” He further went on to deplore how the treatment of women has degraded.
‘Maybe this is the new ethics that pervades our land. Change has come, among others, where women are insulted, or threatened or made a subject of personal canard,’ Lacierda said.
The former Presidential Spokesman further stated that Duterte has attacked women before.
‘This vacuum of respect is not the first time it has happened,’ Lacierda said.
He pointed to the incident where President Duterte joked about how the he should have been the first to rape the dead Australian missionary because of her beauty. He also pointed out that Duterte had little respect for the chief Justice of the Supreme Court Maria Lourdes Sereno.
He then stated that he hoped for the return of respect, and that ‘these virtues do not go the way of the dinosaurs.’
Lacierda that encouraged Sen. De Lima to ‘keep strong’ and do her job, calling her one of the ‘Three Furies’ of the Aquino Administration.
‘Therefore, however difficult your task is, you have a responsibility to always fight for the people and for the law,’ the former spokesperson said.
He urged De Lima to remain calm and not step down to the level of Duterte by quoting Michelle Obama.
‘Leila, just remember what Michelle Obama uttered in the Philadelphia DNC Convention – “when they go low, we go high,”’ he said.
He also quoted Margaret Thatcher, who said, ‘I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.’ - Kami Media