Duterte blasts TV debates, says opposition bets 'heading to hell'

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2019 11:38 PM

BANGUED, Abra - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday criticized televised political debates among candidates for national post, calling it a money-making exercise.

“’Yung mga TV networks may I remind you… ‘Yung magi-sponsor ng tawag nilang presidential debates, dialogue, discourse, it’s actually para lang magkakaroon ng pera ‘yan. You raked the money but you know if you just give a candidate an hour --- ah a minute and a half rather --- walang masasabi ‘yan, then the intermissions and everything,” Duterte said in a speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Bangued, Abra.

“I hope that the next presidential debates in the coming years would be a more educated one, give all the time to the candidates to expound and talk about the issues, the one to bring to the people. Otherwise, it’s just an exercise of money,” he added.

Duterte led the PDP-Laban rally, and endorsed reelectionist Sen. Koko Pimentel, former PNP chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, and Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu.

The President, meanwhile, slammed anew the Liberal Party-backed Otso Diretso Senate slate.

“Kaya ‘yung opposition mautak man sana but their penchant to be just at the other side, lulubugin mo lang eh. Their victory next year hinges on the way how they attack people and the propensity to paint you in another dimension,” Duterte said.

“Itong mga kandidato na ito, if you… They want to appear white. 'Kami puti, malinis.' So ‘yung kalaban niya pinturahan niya ng itim. You’ll just paint your opponent black and you appear white. Ganun talaga. And sadly, sayang ‘yung utak nila. At ‘yung iba naman walang ginawa,” he added.
 
“‘Yung Otso Diretso sa impiyerno. [laughter] Tingnan mo nga ang mga kandidato,” Duterte said.

The President criticized each opposition senatorial candidate, aside from fellow Mindanaoan Samira Gutoc.

Among Otso Diretso’s senatorial candidates are former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

“Si Roxas, anak ng jueteng, siya ‘yung promotor ng gambling. Hindi siya. He got into the wrong company. Alam mo ba ang kaniyang police aide --- senior police aide ay si Garbo,” Duterte said.

“Si Hilbay, susmaryosep, Ginoo. Mali-mali pa ang... Tsk. Tapos mahusay daw. Anong makuha?” he added.

Duterte also campaigned against Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, and belittled Sen. Bam Aquino and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno.

“Si Alejano. Naku. Sila ni Trillanes? 'Yang Magdalo, iwasan talaga ninyo ‘yan,” the President said.

“Bam Aquino, sige lang daldal, wala man ring iniwan na maganda… Hindi ako bilib. Wala. Hanggang diyan lang ‘yan,” he added.

“Ito si Chel Diokno. Hindi ito nagmana sa tatay. Ang tatay nito tigas. Si W. Diokno, ‘yun ang talagang saludo ako. Pero itong si Chel Diokno, walang ginawa ito kung hindi mag-participate ng rally. Sino palang maligayahan niyan?” Duterte said.

He also questioned the contributions to the country of former Rep. Erin Tañada and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal.

“Iyan pa si Tañada. Hanggang ngayon, may mahuli diyan na mga komunista, nandiyan siya. Wala 'yang trabaho kung hindi counsel ng mga komunista. Walang ginawa,” Duterte said.
 
“Si Macalintal, 'yung abugado na pamarunong-marunong. Anong ginawa niyan kung hindi magdemanda ng mga opisyal?” he added.

While not running for public office, Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima were also at the receiving end of the President’s tirades again.

“Ambisyosa lang at marunong lumusot. Kaya she’s painting everybody in town black so that she will appear a Virgin Mary. Pero high ka, may tape na. What a hypocrisy. Tapos itong mga left naman sa labas panay ang award nila. Ako diretsohin na lang natin. Kung mamatay si Virgin Mary, siya na ang ipalit natin,” Duterte said of De Lima.

“I would be dishonest to say na nabigyan ‘yan siya ng pera. But nine times Trillanes traveled to America to talk in behalf of the President at walang nangyari. Galit na galit ang China,” he added.

The President also lashed out at former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad for claiming in a newspaper column that he recently had a kidney transplant.
 
“Binabastos mo talaga ako. Ikaw ‘yung nagsasabi may cancer ako, hindi na ako magtagal, ganun. Ikaw, anong masasabi ko sa iyo? Mas masahol ‘yung iyo. Alam mo bakit? Kasi ikaw ay hindi na puwede. You have a diabetes at ikaw ay hindi ka na maka --- tatayuan ng o*** mo,” Duterte said.
 
“You forgot your role sa martial law. Kakapal ng mukha mo, ikaw ‘yung nagbasa ng Proclamation 1081. He was it. Hanggang ngayon naka-smile ka sa publiko,” he added.
 
The President also threatened anew to slap Tatad.

“Sabi ko nga eh, ikaw Tatad ‘pag nakita kita --- sabihan ko sa’yo --- maski saan p***** i** sasampalin talaga kita. [laughter] Totoo lang,” he said.

“Gusto mo talagang malaman kung ako ay hindi kagaya mo? Pahiram mo ‘yung asawa mo,” Duterte said.