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De Lima calls Duterte ‘pambansang tambay:’ Dapat siya ang hinuhuli!

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Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Friday described President Rodrigo Duterte as a “tambay” (loiterer) in Malacanang.

She made the remark when asked about the anti-tambay operation of the Phil. National Police (PNP) to rid the streets of criminals.

“Hindi dapat ipatupad ‘yan! Walang basehan ‘yan,” De Lima said.

“Sa Malacañang, nandun yung tambay,” De Lima said in an ambush interview at Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court where she attended the hearing of the drug charges filed against her.

Without naming names, she said, “Napaka-abusado talaga niya. Yung mga mahirap, pinapatay. Yung mga tambay, pinapaaresto.”

But in a press statement dated June 20, she said, ” Si Duterte ang tunay na pambansang tambay.”

“Si Duterte ang tunay na tambay ng bansa na walang ginawa kung hindi magmukhang palaging lasing at bangag sa harap ng publiko,” De Lima said.

“Yan ang taong hindi talaga nagtatrabaho, na walang ginawa kung hindi magpatawa, magkalat ng tsismis at intriga, at mambastos ng mga babaeng dumadaan sa harap niya sa araw-araw ng kanyang pagka-pangulo ng bansa,” she said.

The opposition senator said that “hanging out has never been a crime.”

“It is not even vagrancy, an act that was decriminalized precisely because of the law’s discriminatory and senseless objective,” she said.

De Lima was detained at the Phil. National Police (PNP) Custodian Center since February 2018 on drug charges.