Senator Leila de Lima on Friday supported the view of American actress Bette Midler that President Duterte is among the world’s “notorious” leaders.
She chided Malacañang for branding as yet another supposed intrusion on Philippine affairs Midler’s recent remarks classifying Duterte as among the world’s most detestable leaders.
De Lima said Mr. Duterte and his allies should realize that Midler’s comment, “albeit unfavorable, reek of truth.”
“Malacañang is always quick to denounce as a brazen and unpardonable intrusion any move from the international community that is unfavorable to this administration,” she said.
“These include the US senators’ proposed travel ban against my persecutors, the UN (United Nations) Human Rights Council’s call to investigate the drug war killings, Ms. Midler’s comment – essentially everything that is true and just,” she said.
In a recent Twitter post, Midler lumped Mr. Duterte with some of the world’s contemptible leaders, such as US President Donald Trump and Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler, among others.
“For Americans who think the impeachment hearings have nothing to do with them, think again. Want to leave the door open to a Hitler? A Stalin? A Castro? A Duterte? A Pol Pot? A Putin? An Assad? A Chavez? A Kim Jong Un? A Mussolini? A Mugabe? An Amin?” Midler wrote.
Midler made the statement to express her sentiment on the recent impeachment hearings on Trump and why it should be a concern for Americans.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Midler should refrain from giving what he deemed as “judgmental comments on internal affairs of another sovereign state” even as he called her as “incompetent.”