GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – “If there’s one congresswoman or congressman or a single justice who will say I talked to them, I can guarantee you I will resign,” INQUIRER.net, May 16, quoted President Rodrigo R. Duterte as stating to Malacañang reporters his denial of involvement in the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
This was immediately preceded by the paragraph: “He vowed to resign if anyone could prove that he was behind the removal of the chief magistrate from office.”
Well, Mr. President, kinsay, unsay imong gihulat (… who, what are you waiting for)? Resign now! NO “one congresswoman or congressman or a single justice” will say you talked to them; but YOUR OWN statements proved you were “behind the removal of the chief magistrate from office”.
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INQUIRER.net (April 09, 2018: If Duterte doesn’t know, why is ouster petitioner SolGen? – Sereno), quoted Chief Justice Sereno’s challenging statement also last April 9:
“Mr. President, kung sinabi mong wala kang kinalaman dito, pakipaliwanag po bakit si SolGen Calida (Solicitor General Jose Calida) na nagre-report sa’yo ang nagfile ng quo warranto?” [Mr. President, if as you said you have no hand in this [ouster move], please explain why SolGen Calida, who reports to you, filed the quo warranto?]
The same was also reported in other national media.
On the very same day, Mr. Duterte angrily lashed back at Sereno and given more space by the national media than Sereno’s statement.
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Inquirer Mindanao, INQUIRER.net / 02:08 PM April 09, 2018 quoted in its report, “Duterte declares war vs Sereno”, the most telling statements from Mr. Duterte in his response to Sereno’s challenging question.
Vowing angrily to take the necessary steps to boot Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno out of the Supreme Court, he said: “I’m putting you on notice that I’m your enemy and you have to be out of the Supreme Court. I will see to it and after that, I will request the Congress go into the impeachment right away.”
“I would ask Speaker Alvarez now, kindly fast-track the impeachment. She is bad for the Philippines. Now this time, I’m asking the congressmen and the Speaker, ‘Do it now. ‘Wag ninyong dramahin (Don’t add drama to it). Or else, I will do it for you’.”
“Ikaw Sereno, sinabi ko na sa ‘yo hindi ako nakialam (I’m telling you, Sereno, that I didn’t meddle). If you are insisting, then count me in. Count me in and I will egg Calida to do his best. Ako na mismo ang maglakad, [ka]kalaban sa’yo (I will be the one to do it, I’ll fight you,)” .
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ABS-CBN News, in its two reports also last April 9: “Duterte to Sereno: I am now your enemy” and “’Upakan kita’: Duterte, Sereno, nagsagutan”, carried the same telling statements. The second report quoted Duterte in Taglish:
“If you are insisting, then count me in, count me in and I will egg [Solicitor General Jose] Calida to do his best. Ako na mismo maglakad, kalaban sa ‘yo. Sinasabi ko na sa’yo na di ako nakikialam. Now, sige ka diyan daldal nang daldal, o sige, upakan kita.”
His clear message to the congressmen: “I am asking the congressmen and the speaker: Do it now, huwag ninyong dramahin.” To this, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said: “Yes, it will be done once we resume sessions.”
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Let’s restate Mr. Duterte’s challenge and guarantee: “If there’s one congresswoman or congressman or a single justice who will say I talked to them, I can guarantee you I will resign.” And, “He vowed to resign if anyone could prove that he was behind the removal of the chief magistrate from office.”
Mr. President, unless you or your Palace apologists can prove the above reported quotations of your April 9 press statements as “fake news”, the “PROOF” you are demanding will not come from any member of the Congress or from anyone. YOU have declared it before the entire nation.
Concerning your guarantee and vow, kung imong tinuod-non (if you will fulfill them), kinsay o unsay ang imong gihulat (who or what are you waiting for)? However, on second thought, that is strictly your own business. – email@example.com