MANILA, Philippines – Reacting to President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said in a statement on Monday she was ‘amused’ by something which she did not even say.
Morales was referring to Duterte’s latest rants against her, supposedly because of her remarks on the government’s war on drug campaign during a recent interview with Japanese television network NHK.
“Ombudsman Morales is amused by so much ado about something she did not say. However, she stands by her answer to the NHK’s question which she says is correct,” said the Ombudsman.
Earlier, Duterte challenged the Ombudsman to find him a law which says he cannot threaten criminal with death.
“Find me a law which would bar me from saying ‘I will destroy you if you destroy my country.’ If you can do that I will step down tomorrow. You reached the Supreme Court and you didn’t even know it. You should be ashamed of yourself,” said Duterte.
Duterte was apparently irked by Morales’ remarks in the interview wherein she said Duterte was “goading people to kill people” with his bold pronouncements in eliminating crimes.
But Morales said she stands by what she said and “does not find it necessary to say anything more.”
“Her answer was ‘goading people to kill irrespective of the context is, to me, unacceptable.’ She did not say anything about any law against threatening criminals,” she further clarified.