The word war between President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Senator-elect Leila de Lima is far from over. In an early morning press conference here on Thursday, the incoming President said he would launch an investigation on De Lima for her supposedly slow response in busting the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.
“De Lima, tumahimik ka (you be quiet)! I will investigate you. I will file charges against you. Do not pick a fight with me, you will lose,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday night, May 25.
Duterte claims that he had told De Lima about the existence of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) inside the New Bilibid Prison.
“It took her 7 months to enter the premises,” he said.
The president-elect said he “will dig deep” into why De Lima seemed to tarry in cracking down on the shabu laboratories and the lavish lifestyles high-profile criminals were enjoying inside the jail. (READ: Why anomalies happen in Bilibid)
‘Hoy, hija. Huwag mo masyadong pakialaman ‘yung bunganga ko . You better look in your own backyard because you have a very serious problem there,” he said.
Duterte and De Lima have been engaged in a word war even before the 2016 elections. In 2014, she had expressed outrage at Duterte’s statements that he was ready to kill the alleged smuggler Davidson Bangayan.
During her watch, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into Duterte’s alleged involvement in Davao death squad.
Photo courtesy of PHilippine Daily Inquirer