President Rodrigo Duterte shrugged off the advice of Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon to shut up to stop making controversial statements.
“No, I will not stop. I will lose the momentum. And I cannot afford it because I am the President. The momentum has to be there and it will be there for six years until the last pusher is taken out of the streets. I cannot just play silent,” the President said in a speech during the Third Sulong Pilipinas Convention at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.
“Sabi nila (They said), ‘That got you into trouble.’ Whose shit is it? Mine? This is my country… And you say that my mouth is not for a statesman. Whoever told you I was applying for a statesman?” he added.
Gordon, who said he is a good friend of the President, on Monday criticized Duterte for being “too noisy” especially in making threats to kill criminals.
But the President said there is no law banning him from threatening criminals.
“There is no law at all that I cannot threaten criminals either as mayor or as president. If anyone disagrees, give me the provision,” he added.
In Malacanang, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella maintained that Duterte can handle the situation.
“It seems that he’s been able to chart a course for the nation, which the World Bank described as really strong quite and quite impressive, in spite of all the noise,” Abella said.