Duterte ‘falling on his own sword’


SENATOR Richard “Dick” Gordon urged President Rodrigo Duterte to stop threatening to kill drug dealers in his anti-crime campaign, admonishing him to watch his public utterances which are leading him to “fall on his own sword.”

Gordon, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, at a hearing on Monday scored Duterte’s public expression of his desire to kill all those involved in illegal drugs.

While it is right for the President to show his desire to end the drug menace, the senator said it is wrong for him to threaten drug pushers and users with death.

“Maingay ang pangulo, sobrang ingay ng pangulo. Tama lang na ipakita niya na galit siya sa droga pero huwag na siyang mag-ingay na ‘I will kill you.’ Hindi tama ‘yan (The President is noisy, he is too noisy. While it is right for him to show his anger against drugs, he should stop saying ‘I will kill you.’ It is not right)” said Gordon during the resumption of the Senate hearing on the spate of extrajudicial killings.

“Kaya he is falling on his own sword, nadadapa siya sa kanyang espada dahil salita siya nang salita, napagbibintangan tuloy ang bansa na ‘yan ang nangyayari (He is falling on his own sword because he keeps on talking and talking, that is why our country is being accused of allowing such things to happen),” Gordon added.

The President has earned international condemnation for his statements encouraging the killing of drug users and pushers, as well as his use of vulgar language and curse words against those who question his method in dealing with the illegal drug problem.

Duterte recently drew flak for saying that he is willing to kill millions of criminals just like what Hitler did to the Jews.

“Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there’s three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them all,” Duterte told reporters last week.

The President on Sunday apologized to the Jewish community, saying there was no intention on his part to derogate the memory of the six million Jews who were killed under Hitler.

Gordon said Duterte, who is his friend, may get angry with him but the President has the duty to be a statesman thus he should be careful with his words.

Senator Panfilo Lacson agreed that Duterte should be more careful with his public statements because he may lose the value of his apology if he keeps on making mistakes.

“What’s the point of saying sorry when in the next vein you will again issue a statement that would again make you say sorry?” Lacson pointed out.

The senator said the President should have learned his lesson from the number of apologies he had issued for his statements.

Duterte earlier apologized to former Pangasinan Governor and now Rep. Amado Espino who was accused of being a drug coddler.

“I would like to apologize to you publicly. I am very sorry,” Duterte said.

The President also apologized to board member Raul Sison and former Pangasinan provincial administrator Raffy Baraan who were also included in the list of narco-politicians.

“Somehow, we were negligent in counter-checking during the first report,” Duterte admitted.

Lacson said the President did right in apologizing for his Hitler statement but it would be better if he will carefully choose his words to prevent saying sorry in the future.

Meanwhile, Gordon branded as unfair the statement of the United Nations (UN) criticizing the Philippines in connection with the extrajudicial killings when there are areas in the United States where murder incidents are also high.

The senator particularly cited Chicago where 545 cases of killing have been recorded from October 1, 2016.

Gordon pointed out that the UN has not bore down on the US the same way it is doing to the Philippines.

He noted that while more than 3,000 drug suspects have been killed in the Philippines as of October 2016, the number covers the entire country while Chicago’s 545 deaths is only from a city with a population of 2.9 million.

“One death is too many. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone,” Gordon said.

Growing pains
Members of the House of Representatives, however, defended the President, saying his cursing and name-calling are part of his growing pains as Chief Executive.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said the President is used to uttering cuss words, even before he became the country’s leader, and cannot just change overnight.

“He would still have six years to apologize. He is just another human being who commits mistakes. And he makes apologies if need be. Nobody is perfect. What is important is that when you realize your mistake, you apologize. That’s courage,” Alvarez said.

“There is no genocide. A threat is just a threat. It may or may not happen. Threatening criminals is not a policy. The officials are entitled to threaten criminals,” Alvarez added.

Fariñas said old habits die hard, and it’s true for Duterte, who used to utter threats as mayor of Davao City.

“We should give him time. Now, he is speaking to a bigger audience from being so used to speaking only in Davao. But the people elected him. I am sure he is trying to change, but he is also 71 years old. He cannot change overnight,” Fariñas said.



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  1. Gordon is a public servant, he is just merely letting his constituents to know that he is saying something
    about the issue. And I don’t see anything wrong with that…

  2. Let the international court of justice decide when will this STUPID Duterte be punished, para mawala ang kayabangan niya. When Duterte will be tried, that includes his children who amassed wealth illegally through smuggling and drugs. The government will take back all the money they accumulated and his children will be like the children of Sadam Hussein and Khadafy. Let us all pray that this kind of judgement will be done to give justice to the innocent victims of Duterte. Let us pray to save the Philippines from another lunatic, evil dictator like Duterte.

  3. Is the Philippines owned by Duterte ? Does the president has the power to do what he wants to do with this nation? It appears that Duterte has the mistaken notion that he can do whatever pleases him. He stated this morning that he will be breaking ties with the US and the European communities. Per Trillanes, there is no need for a coup. He is going down very fast. He is lucky if he reach Christmas.

  4. October 4

    Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday told U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and said the United States had refused to sell some weapons to his country but he did not care because Russia and China were willing suppliers.

    In his latest salvo, Duterte said he had lost respect for the United States and railed at its concerns about his bloody war on drugs, calling his critics “fools” who could not stop him carrying out a campaign that has killed more than 3,400 people in just over three months.

    In a tangential, at times profane speech in Manila, Duterte said the United States did not want to sell missiles and other weapons, but Russia and China had told him they could provide them easily.

    “Although it may sound shit to you, it is my sacred duty to keep the integrity of this republic and the people healthy,” Duterte said in his second of two televised speeches on Tuesday.

    “If you don’t want to sell arms, I’ll go to Russia. I sent the generals to Russia and Russia said ‘do not worry we have everything you need, we’ll give it to you’.

    “And as for China, they said ‘just come over and sign and everything will be delivered’.”

    Apparently Duterte needs missiles to keep the people healthy.
    Probably a good idea to not give this madman missiles.

  5. Yonkers, New York
    04 October 2016

    Let me just ask those who innocently and vigorously but pathetically try to defend Little Tyrant Rodrigo Duterte for his ingrained habit of being a loose cannon with his incurably uncouth, vulgar and undisciplined tongue in a mouth that is hopelessly full of garbage and excreta, WHETHER A ZEBRA CAN CHANGE ITS STRIPES–EVER.

    The spectacular way he is antagonizing world leaders and nations alike, probably getting psychotic satisfaction from the reactions he is is getting from the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, the European Parliament, Germany and Israel–to mention just a few–should be enough evidence that he has an unbalanced if not psychotic mind.

    Yes, indeed, he is “falling on his own sword!”


  6. Sen. Gordon struck just the right chords! Thanks for helping the President adjust to his new world. Congratulations for conducting your committed hearings lively, objectively, professionally. Now the Senate is so alive again . . . with Sen. Gordon around. When do you give EJK another name?

  7. Dio San Pedro on

    I’m a supporter of Pres Duterte and I’m disappointed. The Pres was elected not just to solve the drug problems.

  8. Inde basta basta ganun na laang na iiwanan mo ang matagal mo ng kaibigan….napagsabihan ka laang balat sibuyas ka na….tapos makikipagkaibigan ka sa kwestionable ang mga character at di naman pa nakatulong…..isip isp muna bago magdesisyon…pilipinas na po inde na po Davao ang pangangalagaan at ipaparada. Good to be friendly but need to be careful very careful in making friends….tsaka please naman makinig sa mga advise ng kapwa Pilipino wala naman mawawala kung papakinggan bago umaksyon. Ngayon kung ayaw at di kaya ang trabahong inatas at mapapasama tayu….eh anu pa mabuting gagawin para sa bayan…ikaw na nagsabi.

  9. The problem with Hitler was that he had too much power and tried to bury anyone critical of him.

  10. Gordons attempt to equate the 3000 killings by police and vigilantes with the 545 murders in Chicago is totally different. The murders in Chicago were not done by police and other groups as they have been under Duterte. The Chicago murders were the result of gang fights, robberies, fights, etc., between regular people, not killings encouraged by a president. Gordon should check his facts and compare apples to apples.

  11. I support President Duterte 100% sadly he can not control his anger and mouth. The President’s fight on drugs is excellent for the country and to save our children, sadly the President teaches our children to kill. I can only say that the President should concentrate on other issues and speak wisely as a professional lawyer, a judge and most of all President of the Republic of the Philippines.

  12. Do not bite the hands that feed you. Democracy and Freedom and Liberty was fed to the Philippines by the United States of America, not by Spain, China or Russia.

  13. At 71++ y/o, NO AMOUNT of advice or effort on Mr. Duterte’s part will change his HABIT because such behavior is the sum total of his MISPLACED & DISTORTED VALUES acquired since his childhood days from his family, relatives, friends, religion, school, organizations & other influential environmental factors. As they say, “habit hardly die”. His comments like ptgina mo ($#@%^&*>?) is already second nature to him. To HELL with Adolf Hitler !!

  14. Bawasan na kasi ang kayabangan hindi na kasi paniwalaan yan sa katagalan when he fail once, his loyal supporters will be very disappointed.

  15. Lack of Statesmanship. That is the right line. Speaking on the spurt of the moment with total disregard or disrespect
    is unnerving to everybody. We depend on foreign investments and we don’t want to scare these investors. Philippine
    Senate and Congress has created so many laws and Treaties which should not be changed unless these things are bad for the People.

  16. I am not in favor of Duterte leaning towards China and Russia. Does he just want to antagonize the US?

    During typhoon Hayan, did China and Russia provide any assistance, even a token one? THE U.S. CAME TO OUR AID VERY QUICKLY, BEFORE EVEN BEING ASKED.

    Napakawalang hiya itong si Duterte . We the people DO NOT WANT US TO LEAN TOWARDS CHINA AND RUSSIA.

    • Duterte said in a speech during a gathering with Filipinos in Indonesia.
      President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday thanked China for its generosity in assisting his administration’s war against drugs and not just for making rehabilitation camps.

      (“Only China will help us. America just gave principles of law and nothing else.”)

      I would hope that China would help with the drug problem seeing as they are the one’s making the drugs.

      It’s not just Duterte that is sounding like a idiot speaking for the people of the Philippines but this idiot as well

      The ambassador-designate to the United Nations, Teddy Locsin Jr., has added his own post: “You may find this hard to believe but the Nazis were not all wrong, give or take killing millions of people. Keep an open mind.”

      How quickly the Philippines people forget what the US has done for them and continue to support the Duterte and his clowns who are trying to destroy democracy and the peoples rights.

      Join North Korea as China’s little brother, you deserve everything that you will get.

    • it is because ang US ay napakaraming pera dahil sila ang nag priprint ng dollar tapos pinapa mudmud nila sa mga “allies kuno na bansa” pero ang tutoo 20Trillion ang utang nila at kahit kninong expert itanong hindi na daw nila yun mababayaran

    • Mababaw lang ang nakikita mo JOSIE… walang pinag-iba yan sa isang batang musmos na niloloko ng mas matlinong kalaro… Parang binigyan mo lang sya ng CANDY’ upang hindi ngumalngal o” maging madada… pero ang ibang kalaro hindi lang CANDY ang natatanggap… PLEASE THINK before you dak-dak.

      Mag-research ka kaya muna sa history kung ano tunay na ginagawa ng Americano sa buong mundo..

  17. To President Duterte, listen to Gordon and Lacson. They are not your enemies. They just want to have a better Philippines. The whole world is watching you. Not a small province of Davo. This Alvarez guy must be your enemy. He is pushing you to commit more enemies and thereby shorten your life. Know who your friends are make sure your enemies are near you.

    • Pres. Digong should create a new office under the OP principally tasked to handle damage control full time, after every expletive-laden improptu, (and rambling ) speech. It can be called Office of Apology, Excuses,.& Clarification under pesidential spokesman Ernie Abella. I want Pres. Digong”s administration to succeed but he has to act statesmanlike and not alienate our friends in the international community. Senator Gordon hit the nail on the head. Btw, I really pity Messrs. Abella and Kintanar after every presidential (volatile ) outburst.

  18. GORDON, TOO, OUGHT TO KNOW that between real friends, advices are given in confidence and not in public. Or did he merely announce it to get a pat on the back from the same public they want to court?

    • It appears that Duterte does not listen anymore. He is consumed with his innermost anger. That is what he said in his speech, I will insult and humiliate them. He will fall in his own sword. That is what Dick Gordon said. Gordon knows what he is saying. Gordon father was assassinated by unknown killers. Case unsolved to this day.

    • Dio San Pedro on

      Nothing wrong with what Sen Gordon did. I actually admire him for saying what needs to be said in public to a very popular president.

    • vagoneto rieles on

      Senator Gordon wasn’t just addressing the President in his very public and very much ‘to-the-point’ remarks in the Senate. He was taking a broad swipe, as well, at the President’s entourage who blindly…or with open eyes but timidly…follow and defend him regardless of the consequences. These gutless and feckless Senators, Congressmen and sundry flunkies in the Executive branch, are the ones who give sustenance and encouragement to the misplaced bravado of the President. Who do you think the true friend is?