- President weighed in on justice secretary’s text gaffe
- He described senator as naïve, advised her not to jump to conclusions
- However, he also admitted not being fully privy to details of the incident
MANILA, Philippines – Weighing in Sen. Risa Hontiveros’ expose against Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II over his supposed plot to file cases against her, President Rodrigo Duterte advised the lawmaker not to jump to conclusions since he could have been talking about something else.
“That is very naive. Ayaw ko lang anuhin si Hontiveros. When two persons talk and you are not a party to it, do not draw conclusions of what they are talking about. For all you know, ang pinag-usapan ng mga g***, babae,” Sun Star quoted him as saying.
[That is very naïve. I don’t want to lecture Hontiveros but when two persons talk and you are not a party to it, do not draw conclusions of what they are talking about. For all you know, the two fools might be talking about women.]
At the same time, however, Duterte admitted he’s not fully aware of the details into the incident.
“Wala talaga akong alam diyan. I have been in Davao for the last two days kasi may mga commitment rin ako eh,” he said.
[I really don’t have any knowledge about that. I have been in Davao for the last two days because I have commitments.]
Hontiveros and Aguirre are currently engaged in a word war after the former shared a photo of his text message with a person she identified as former Negros Oriental Jacinto “Jing” Paras detailing their plan to file cases against her.
“Hontiveros was coaching the witness. Her questions are leading questions,” read Paras’ message, to which Aguirre responded with “That is what I’m saying here. Very obvious. That’s why let us expedite your cases against her.”
For his part, Aguirre —while not refuting the authenticity of the text— decried it as an invasion of his privacy.