MANILA - Senator and PDP-Laban President Koko Pimentel on Tuesday said they have advised Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte to lessen his cursing after the presidential bet was criticized for cursing Pope Francis and admitting that he is a womanizer and killer of criminals.
Speaking to reporters, Pimentel admitted that Duterte has always been known for his tough talk, especially against criminals.
"Alam naman namin ang personality niya...A speech with no curse word is hindi na Duterte," he said.
He added: "Matagal na namin nasabihan na bawas-bawasan ang pagmumura, bawas-bawasan ang emphasis on patayan."
Duterte, the standard-bearer of PDP-Laban, has come under fire for supposedly cursing Pope Francis after he got stuck for 5 hours in a traffic gridlock because of the Catholic leader's visit last January.
“From the hotel to the airport, alam mo inabot kami ng… limang oras. Sabi ko bakit? Sabi pinasarado daw,” he said in a speech at the Century Park hotel where he was formally declared PDP-Laban standard-bearer.
"Gusto kong tawagan, 'Pope p******"
Duterte later clarified that he was not cursing Pope Francis, but at the way the government handled the security preparations that led to closure of some roads, triggering massive traffic jams.
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The mayor also revealed that he is ready to kill criminals, saying he once executed a group of men who raped a Chinese girl.
"Tinapos ko talaga, sabi ko ito ang killing na maganda...Tapos kinarga ko sila doon sa kotse nila. Binuksan ko ang tangke, sinunog ko to show my brutality," he said.
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Pimentel also dismissed Duterte's statements supposedly admitting to extra-judicial killings in Davao City.
"Pwedeng colorful language lang yon," he said. He added it could just be Duterte's way of showing criminals that he has the will to curb criminality in Davao.
The senator was also quick to add the importance of rule of law.
"Pag may ebidensya, then rule of law tayo," he said.
He added Duterte will now focus on his platforms of government.
"He is willing to be judged by the people on [his stand on] federalism, fight against crime and corruption."