MANILA - Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte should "stop whining and do his job or resign," saying he can let others run the country.
"Duterte whines and cries about the state of the nation like a bawling baby. A real President would know that he is the least of all people who has the right to complain," De Lima said in a statement.
"Either you(Duterte) stop whining and do your job, or resign and let others take over the serious business of running the country," she said.
Duterte, during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, said he was "tired" of running the country after a group of people advised him to build a casino inside Nayong Pilipino, a state-run theme park with replicas of notable natural wonders and heritage houses in the country.
"Kaya ko sinabi --- t*** i** ninyo. Anong kahulugan ng Nayong Pilipino kung lagyan mo ng sugalan and without a bidding?...Sabi ko wala ako... I --- I'm tired. I'm tired and I am... Talagang gusto ko na rin mag-resign. Sabi ko I am not happy anymore," Duterte said in his annual address.
Duterte has been criticizing various government agencies, like the Bureau of Customs and state-run PhilHealth insurance, for condoning corruption in their ranks.
De Lima, however, claimed Duterte's actions "encourage" corruption instead of stopping it.
"Corruption does not stop by simply telling the plunderers to stop. Neither is it stopped by reinstating the death penalty. It is stopped by prosecuting and jailing thieves in government, instead of freeing them. Even if Duterte forces a hundred public officials to resign, if he does not prosecute and jail a single one, it will not stop corruption," De Lima said.
De Lima, a staunch critic of Duterte and his administration, reiterated the government needs a thorough institutionalized anti-corruption program, saying Duterte's presidency "does not stop corruption alone."
"For the nth time, Duterte must be told that his being President alone does not stop corruption. An anti-corruption program needs a comprehensive institutionalized approach, supposedly with institutions that Duterte has undermined one by one, thereby demolishing the system of checks and balance and the rule of law," the senator said.
De Lima said Duterte should "know that he is the least of all people who has the right to complain."