Cebu, Philippines – The word war between Senator Leila de Lima and President Rodrigo Duterte has stepped up calling the President a “misogynist” and a “chauvinist”.
The Senator’s reaction was in reference to Duterte’s statement saying, “she not only screwed her driver, she was screwing her nation”.
In a report from Standard.com.ph, De Lima on her text message said that, “Duterte’s latest verbal abuse vs me is simply characteristic of his being a misogynist and chauvinist.”
“That’s all it is and there is no need to dignify it with any further reply”, she said. “It is regrettable that he has become so low. God help our country,”
The President, however, brush aside her statement saying “she was ugly” on a speech in Misamis Oriental on Thursday.
Duterte berated the senator who spent seven years in the human rights commission as a chairman, but failed to prove his alleged connection with the Davao Death Squad (DDS).
“She was always castigating me but never filed a case against me”, the Chief Executive said. “When she was Secretary of Justice, she was building a name at my [expense] to become popular,”
The heated exchange of words comes a new after the Senator’s bid to scrutinize the spate of “extra judicial” killings done by the barely three month old administration.