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Duterte calls Florin Hilbay ‘bugok’: Noong SolGen, palaging talo gobyerno!

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President Rodrigo Duterte is not impressed with senatorial bet Florin Hilbay’s two-year stint as solicitor general during the Aquino administration.

Duterte claimed that the government lost majority of its cases when Hilbay was SolGen from 2014 to 2016 and called him “bugok” or dumb.

“Ito si Hilbay? Palaging talo tayo sa gobyerno, solicitor general, akala mo, bugok,” said in a speech in Isabela.

Hilbay, a protege of the late Senator Jovito Salonga, was part of the government team which won the landmark 2016 decision of the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration which junked China’s historic rights claim to the South China Sea based on its nine-dash line principle.

He lumped Hilbay, a vocal critic of Duterte, with detained Senator Leila de Lima, a Justice Secretary under the Aquino administration, as among those who persecuted him but failed to pin him down for the Davao Death Squad killings when he was mayor.

“Alam mo sinasabi ko bugok ‘yan sila lahat. They were threatening me with ICC (International Criminal Court). Ako alam ko na. Noong unang investigation ni De Lima sa Davao — she was the chairman of the commission. She investigated me when she was the secretary of Justice. Then she investigated me when she was a senator and hanggang ngayon sige Duterte, Duterte,” said Duterte.

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