De Lima claims Duterte ‘off his rockers’ after ‘Kangkungan’ viral video: Expect more people to die!
Detained Senator Leila de Lima expects President Rodrigo Duterte to go on another killing frenzy after watching “Kangkungan”, a viral video directed by Mike de Leon, which slams the administrations’s drug war and its crack down on dissenters.
“Apparently, it takes only a mirror to get Duterte off his rockers. After a video documenting his abuses and excesses circulated online and went viral, Duterte yet again engaged in another rantfest, this time before the League of Municipalities of the Philippines,” said De Lima in a statement.
“Reminded of the killings committed during his watch, rather than act as a human being and show remorse for the atrocities, he doubled down and threatened more killings,” she added.
In his speech before mayors on February 27 or 3 days after the video was upoladed, Duterte said voters knew he was never a statesman but a foul-mouthed hoodlum. “Patay? Ah marami akong pinatay. Marami pa. Ngayon mag-umpisa ako,” said Duterte as he promised to make his dru war harsher, bloodier.
De Lima said Duterte’s words should not be dismissed as “harmless blabberings from an old man” or mere hyperboles and jokes as claimed by his defenders.
“What is clear though is that when the old man say ‘kill’, more people die. No amount of spinning or sugarcoating will cover up that reality. He does not even need to put the order in writing. As soon as the media reports his threat to kill more people, more people end up dead,” she said.
“No person in his or her right mind would consider it a coincidence that the trail of deaths that would follow his words are from the hands of the police, who reports directly to him.
The police do not fear accountability for these deaths as well. Early on, Duterte has guaranteed that he will protect them from going to jail for following his orders,” she added.