President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno following his “harsh” statement against her.
“I would apologize to the Chief Justice for the harsh words, it was never intended,” Duterte said in a news conference in Davao City late Thursday night.
Duterte previously threatened to declare Martial Law in the Philippines in response to Sereno’s letter airing concerns over the President’s move to name judges allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the country.
The President reiterated that it’s his job as Chief Executive to inform the public of their problems “so they may avoid harm and danger.”
“Because of the magnitude of the drug problem, it was my way of solving the problem within the ambit of my power as President,” the President said.
“Who wants to destroy a person? Is that the duty of the President to ruin people’s reputation? That’s a folly. I have a sworn duty to tell you to be wary of your neighbor who’s a drug addict,” he added.