- Several government officials backed up Senator Leila De Lima after President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial public shaming
- Officials who expressed support to De Lime were Senator Risa Hontiveros, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and Dinagat Island Representative Arlene Bag-ao
- President Duterte has accused De Lima of having an affair with her driver and being linked in drugs
Some government officials backed up Senator Leila De Lima after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly shamed her on Wednesday, referring to her as “immoral”.
Senator Risa Hontiveros has released a statement on Facabook, saying that the president’s remark was “misogynistic” and was an terrible display of ‘ad hominem politics’.
Hontiveros said in her statement: “President Duterte gave premium to personal attacks over real arguments, and appealed to prejudices rather than discourse. His statements depart from the government’s commitment to transparency since one of the best ways to pursue truth is through healthy deliberations driven by facts.”
Akbayan representative Tom Villarin have also expressed support on Senator De Lima and said that Duterte’s remark was “unbecoming and uncalled for.” He added that the Palace should respect the Senate’s independence and that of Senator De Lima for the investigation of the rampant extrajudicial killings during the president’s war against drugs.
Dinagat Island Representative Arlene Bag-ao also reacted to the remark ad said that she supports the strong women who ensure that our society becomes more discerning and humane. She added: “Nawa’y hindi tayo magpatinag sa mga insultong naglalayon lamang na pahinain tayo. Ipakita natin ang lakas ng kababaihan sa pagbubuo ng isang bayang marangal at may pagpapahalaga sa mga karapatan at sa dignidad ng tao at ng kaniyang buhay.”
(I hope we would not be affected by the insults that only aim to weaken us. Let us show the strength of the women in building a nation with moral uprightness and values the rights and dignity of people and their lives.)
Duterte accused De Lima of having an affair with her married driver who is allegedly hooked on drugs, and said that the senator finances the driver’s drug purchase.
The president has not yet apologized regarding his controversial remark on De Lima, and further said that he has witnesses against the senator. - Kami Media