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Beh buti nga! De Lima claims Duterte ‘scorned’ by military

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President Rodrigo Duterte “is heartbroken,” detained Senator Leila de Lima said on Thursday.

She said that for two hours on Thursday, Mr. Duterte poured his heart out to Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, “Malacañang’s new Boy Abunda,” on how the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has “jilted him in exchange for Senator Trillanes.”

“In their version of what was admittedly a ‘showbiz’ talk show that was broadcast nationwide at government expense, Duterte showed that hell hath no fury like a President scorned by his own military,” De Lima said.

The opposition senator said the President “engaged in a diatribe against the military for choosing Trillanes over him.”

“Of course, the choice that the AFP made was not between Duterte or Trillanes,” De Lima said.

The choice that the AFP made was between upholding the rule of law or implementing an illegal arrest, she said.

“The choice the AFP made was between its institutional integrity or loyalty to a Commander-in-Chief who disrespected the institution by dragging its chain of command to a personal political fight,” she said.

“Duterte thought that by using the AFP against Trillanes, he can prove once and for all who is the boss,” De Lima said.

She added, “The test backfired, after the AFP promised to uphold the Constitution and protect the people, instead of following an order that was illegal on its face, even if it came from the President.”

She said that Mr. Duterte “will never earn the respect of the officers of the AFP if he cannot go beyond the petty urge to use them and sacrifice their institution just to satisfy his personal longing to see Trillanes locked up in jail.”

“Most importantly, he showed the AFP how dangerous he is to them, if he is only too willing to put the AFPs integrity and unity on the line just to satisfy his own personal and selfish interests,” De Lima added.