Gordon: Duterte’s insults do not affect me; unleashes own jibe vs President
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Richard Gordon remains unfazed by insults thrown against him by President Rodrigo Duterte, as he stood by his Senate committee’s probe into the “overpriced” medical items purchased at the height of the pandemic.
“Mr. President, I advise you as a friend, if you still consider me your friend, pasagot ninyo sa mga bata niyo yung issue. Bakit niyo tatawaging mataba ako?” Gordon said in an online media briefing with reporters Tuesday.
“Alam ko pong mataba ako, para namang nagpapagandahan na lalaki, palagay ko mananalo naman ako sa inyo pagka nagpagandahang lalaki tayo,” he added.
“Hindi ako nayayanig diyan,” Gordon further said, referring to the President’s personal attacks against the senator.
He also said he forgives Duterte for his insults against.
“You know why I forgive you? Because you go into personal attacks. That’s fine with me. Alam ko mahina ang tao na nagaatake [nang] personal,” he added.
In a taped address aired Tuesday, Duterte once again criticized senators and took particular focus on Gordon, whom he described as a “talkathon” champion.
Duterte further picked on Gordon’s attributes and took potshots at the senator’s weight, with an advice for him to lose some.
The President’s criticisms came after Gordon led a seven-hour Senate hearing into the flagged “deficiencies” in handling of pandemic funds last Friday.
“Sabi nga against corruption siya…so I’m following his dictum. Dapat, ‘pag may corrupt labanan. Wala pa naman tayong sinasabing corruption. Nag-iimbestiga tayo. The nature of the blue ribbon is to investigate,” Gordon went on.
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