President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t receive the comment of Sen. Richard Gordon well after the latter calls him a “Probinsiyano” over the decision of the Chief Executive to choose former Generals to become part of his Cabinet.
In his speech on Thursday night during the 28th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Duterte made a lengthy statement against Gordon and called him a fake Filipino.
According to the President, he would prefer to appoint ex-military men than Gordon who’s not honest.
Duterte also explained that appointing ex-military men is “not prohibited in the law”.
“Kung ako ang presidente, at pupunta ako ng Maynila magtrabaho dito, maghanap ako ng tao, kung si Gordon lang naman ang makita ko, mag-resign na lang ako pagka-presidente,” Duterte said.
“Ano raw ang nakita ko sa military? Well, one, sabihin ko sa ‘yo, I can move faster with honesty. Mahirap maghanap ng tao na honest ngayon. Sa isang libo, buti’t na lang kung kasali ka diyan sa dalawa, Gordon,” he added.
He gave advice to Gordon, not to interfere with his work as the President of the Philippines and just mind his own business.
The President even mocked Gordon who’s the leader of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
“Yung sabi niya na probinsyano ako, sa bagay totoo ‘yan. Pero at least, probinsyano ako, my brain stays in my head. Yung utak mo Dick yung utak mo nagtutunaw, nagpupunta diyan sa tiyan mo. You are a fart away from disaster, intindihin mo muna ‘yung tiyan mo bago ka makialam sa trabaho ko,” Duterte said.
“Take care of your stomach. It’s ugly. You’re just a fart, a heartbeat away from… ‘Yang laki mong ‘yan? ‘Yan ang katawan na mahirap, hindi pwede ambulansya. Karga ninyo sa truck ninyo,” he added.
“Hindi ka naman talaga Filipino, tisoy ka lang. Kami dito mga probinsyano,”
Duterte who even called Gordon a “President” in 2017 said that the latter cannot win a higher position in the government if he would doubt the former members of the military ability to serve the government.
“Hanggang Senador ka lang. If you want the title ‘Vice President,’ this is my advice to you: Hindi ka talaga mag-bise presidente kailanman. Sisiguraduhin ko ‘yan,” Duterte said.
“Kung ikaw mag-presidente, sigurado ‘yan wala talagang maniwala sa ‘yo. ‘Yang sinabi mo na ‘yan? ‘Wag ka na tumakbo ng presidente, wala kang makuha sa Armed Forces. Pag manalo ka, kargahin ka diyan galing sa Luneta diretso ka doon sa Bilibid,” he also said.
Before ending his speech, the President even compared Gordon to a Penguin because of his body.
“Sabi ko nga, ikaw, para kang penguin maglakad. Totoo man sabihin mo sa kanya. Makita kami. Sabihin niya sa akin uli ‘yan. Sabihin niya in front of me,”
On Wednesday, Gordon expressed his concern on the decision of the President to appoint ex-Generals in his Cabinet, calling it as “dangerous”.
“Ang problema lang kay Presidente, mababaw ang bench nya. He comes from the province, hindi niya nakilala. So, mas nagre-rely siya sa military,” Gordon said in a statement.
“It’s a dangerous one because civilian authority must remain supreme over the military. Dapat three years muna bago ka i-appoint… para mawala muna ‘yung ties mo, the ties that bind,” the senator said