DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continued to reap scorn and criticism for his outburst on the rape and killing of an Australian missionary more than two decades ago.
Senator Grace Poe on Monday called the mayor a threat to democracy, while Vice President Jejomar Binay lambasted Duterte for his “flimsy” excuse to quell rising public anger.
Poe, who recently topped the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) mobile survey, said methods being advocated by Duterte could threaten democracy.
She noted that the methods espoused by the mayor in addressing peace and order problems are “very concerning” because these would show he was willing to do anything regardless of the cost.
“Absolutely, his methods could threaten our freedom and democracy,” Poe said.
Duterte’s supporters, according to her, may emulate the ways of the mayor.
“The truth is that followers tend to do what their leader is doing. So if they think that what he [Duterte] is doing is right, they will also do it,” the senator said.
Binay, meanwhile, said Duterte’s excuse that he was merely expressing his anger over the killing of Australian evangelist Jaqueline Hamill is illogical.
“Wala namang logic ‘yon [There is no logic to it],” he told reporters in Cagayan de Oro City (Misamis Oriental).
“Kaya lang daw niya nasabi ‘yon dahil galit siya sa murderer. Ano naman ang relasyon noong gagahasain niya ‘yon doon sa galit niya sa murderer? Paanong paglalabas ng galit ilalabas niya ‘yong kaniyang sexual perversion? [He said he made those statements because he was angry at the murders. But how do you tie that to his remarks that he should have been the first to abuse the victim? How can it be an angry outburst when he showed his sexual perversion],” the Vice President said.
Duterte said he was merely being himself when he made the remarks.
“Ganoon talaga ako magsalita, galing ako sa baba eh. ‘Di naman ako anak ng cono [I really talk that way, I was poor. I am not a rich man’s son],” he was quoted as saying.
But Binay said not all people raised in poverty are insensitive.
“Don’t insult the poor. The poor have dignity,” the Vice President added.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Duterte’s comments were “inappropriate” and “lacking sensitivity to a victim of crime.”
“We were surprised. I think he took a step too far. He was joking. He should be sensitive to the victim. He speaks his mind. There was no filter,” he told reporters at a luncheon held at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City (Metro Manila) hosted by former justice Manuel Lazaro and several Ilocanos.