Robredo hits Duterte 'tantrums,' threat of revolutionary war

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Posted at Apr 05 2019 05:08 PM

Robredo hits Duterte 'tantrums,' threat of revolutionary war 1
President Rodrigo Duterte talks to Vice President Leni Robredo during the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) graduation ceremony in Camp Castaneda, Silang town in Cavite city, south of Manila, Philippines March 24, 2017. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters/ File

MANILA- Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday expressed disappointment over President Rodrigo Duterte's threat that he might declare a revolutionary war.

Robredo, who is in Bohol to campaign for opposition senatorial bets, said she was bothered by the President's warning that he would suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus and order arrests.

“Hindi pwedeng parang dahil nag-alburuto, parang tatakutin ang taumbayan sa isang paraan na hindi konstitusyonal," she said.

(He shouldn't scare the public of unconstitutional means just because he is having a tantrum.)

"Tingin ko hindi ito responsable na response dahil kami pag pasok namin sa ganitong trabaho, pagsumpa namin na aayusin namin ang aming mandato at kabahagi na nito ang hirap,” she added.

(That's not a responsible response since difficulties are already part of our mandate when we took our oath of office.)

Expressing frustration at the country's problems, Duterte on Thursday night threatened to declare a revolutionary war until the end of his term.

“I have enough problems with criminality, drugs, rebellion and all pero pag ako ang pinaabot ninyo ng sagad (if I reach my boiling point), I will declare a suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of you," Duterte said in a speech in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

“Pahirapan mo ako (make me suffer), I will declare a revolutionary war until the end of my term, then pasensiyahan tayo,” he added.

-report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News