Despite the word war, President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to worry on Senator Leila De Lima and encouraged the latter to take a break.
"I'm not trying to derogate her, she’s a lawyer, she’s bright, I would suggest that she takes days off," Duterte said.A fuming De Lima on Wednesday lashed out Duterte and her other critics during a press conference earlier in the day.
"I think she's breaking down," Duterte said.He added that if De Lima continued on “yakking,” she “will have a nervous breakdown.”
During the press conference, the former Justice secretary challenged Duterte to arrest her after linking the lady senator to the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
“Tama na. Hulihin ninyo na ako ngayon. ‘Yun naman talaga gusto niyo. Ikulong ninyo na ako ngayon. I’m here. Do what you want to me, Mr. President. I will wait for you,” De Lima said.An emotional De Lima expressed that she and her staff has been harassed by the government.
“I feel so helpless,” the senator said.Meanwhile, Duterte, in a press conference, said De Lima failed to file a case against him even she was then the former Justice secretary.
“Hindi po ako duwag dahil wala akong kasalanan; ‘yung mga nagtatago lamang, mga duwag ang umaatras,” De Lima stressed.
“Look, she was the chairperson of the [Commission on] Human Rights for many years. She was the Secretary of Justice for many years. She has been a senator for a time now. In all of these events in her life, she talked about me harping on EJK. And yet to this date, no cases were filed," he said.READ ALSO: De Lima Confronted Lacson Who Says Basis Enough To File A Case Against Her
Source: GMA News