- Senator Lacson said that the “go to hell” statement of the President was unnecessary and creates a huge impact on the part of the US
- Senator Richard Gordon said the President is too noisy and is no longer in the right in issuing such statements
- Senator Ralph Recto said that the country will pay the price for Duterte’s offensive statements
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly hurled insults against the country’s allies, particularly the US and the EU, for allegedly dipping their hands in the bloody drug war in the Philippines.
After having experienced backlash for uncaring statements where the drug addicts were compared to the Jews during the Holocaust, Duterte has once more opened his mouth and told the US to “go to hell” and the EU to purgatory.
After having made such remarks, Sen. Panfilo Lacson issued a statement citing the words of the President as “unnecessary.”
According to the Senator, the statement “go to hell” was an unnecessary comment. He even inquired as to the purpose or the motivation behind the issuance of such a statement.
Lacson emphasized that the impact of the President’s statement on the other party [US] is huge.
The statement of Duterte where he directly insulted President Barack Obama was, “So you can go to hell, Mr. Obama, you can go to hell.”
The premise of Duterte’s “go to hell” statement was that, the US, instead of helping the Philippines in its drug war, is the first one to hit at it.
But the level-headed Senator Lacson said that it is still Duterte’s call if he will shut his mouth or not. The Senator even expressed his frustration at the hardheadedness of the President for not heeding advice and is apparently bent on doing what he wants.
It isn’t only Senator Lacson who called out President Duterte’s excessive tirades against allies. Senator Richard Gordon also said that he is too noisy and that it isn’t right for the President to issue statements like “I will kill you.”
Along with Senators Lacson and Gordon, Senator Ralph Recto also said that the country may pay the price for the offensive statements that the President issues.