Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Richard Gordon said that President Rodrigo Duterte may have been provoked by some of his friends to criticize him.
In a radio interview, Gordon believed that there’s a reason why Duterte was easily angered after he said that the President got a shallow connection because of being a “probinsiyano.”
According to Gordon, Duterte may be tired from work during the time when the President called him a “Fake Filipino” and “Penguin” or someone influenced the chief executive to release harsh statements against him.
“Hindi ko alam. Baka may nanggagatong sa presidente, o baka napapagod lang siya. Maaaring sa kapaguran nya, may nabanggit siya siguro nasasaktan siya, ginatungan,” Gordon said.
“Alam nyo naman dyan, maraming nagpapalakas, magaling manggatong.” he added.
He also clarified that’s he’s not trying to oppose the President and only giving suggestions that may help him in the future.
“‘Di naman ako kumakampi sa presidente because kaibigan ko siya. It’s a principled stand. Kung tama siya, I will support. Kung walang ebidensya sa kanya, I will be brave enough to say, ‘Walang ebidensya.’ Kung meron, i will,” the senator said.
Gordon said that he’s not planning to meet the President to discuss their problems.
“Minsan gagawan ka pa ng issue na di naman totoo. President Duterte is intelligent enough, hindi naman siya aabot dyan kung di talaga nagsikap din yan, marunong kumilatis.” he said.
Gordon on Wednesday questioned Duterte’s decision to appoint former Generals in his Cabinet.
As a response, Duterte made a lengthy statement against Gordon and told him to mind his own business.
“Yung sabi niya na probinsyano ako, sa bagay totoo ‘yan. Pero at least, probinsyano ako, my brain stays in my head. 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.