President Rodrigo Duterte warned senators to remain humble and treat fellow workers in government with respect during committee hearings or he would take drastic action.
“Mahirap ‘yang ganun na babuyin mo ‘yung mga taga-gobyerno dahil lang… What makes you so special? Kasi Senador ka? You are no different from every… pareho tayong Pilipino. Who gave you the right to insult people?” said Duterte in a speech in Marikina.
“Anong superiority ninyo? Senador kayo? Ah, diyan tayo magka-diperensya. Sa totoo lang. Huwag ninyong gawin. I’m — my apologies to Senator (Tito) Sotto, (Sonny) Angara. Hindi ‘naman para sa inyo ‘yan. Huwag lang talaga ninyo gawain,” he added.
Duterte said he has advised soldiers and police summoned by the Senate not to disrespect because they don’t have the right to shout or insult government workers. Duterte warned that he would fetch his people if the Senate detained them for refusing to be maligned in public by senators.
“Pag ayaw ninyong ibigay, pipilitin ko. ‘Pag pilitin ko nandiyan na. Then we will see,” said Duterte.
Duterte said he does not want a repeat of the public shaming of the late ex-general Angie Reyes by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
“Naalaala ko kasi ‘yung si Angie Reyes. ‘Yung General na Cabinet member na binastos ni… ‘Di ba he stood — he attempted to say, ‘Your honor, may I be given time to — to protect my dignity?’ Sabi ni Trillanes, ‘Ah wala, wala. You have no dignity. You sit down’. Tapos tinapik pa niya ‘yung pagtapos… PMAer ‘yan ha. Lower. Tinapik pa ni Trillanes. ‘Pare, magkuha ka na lang ng abugado’.” said Duterte.
“Kaya sabi ko kung ganito ang tao na ito. Nakita mo sa TV. Kaya sabi ko kung sigaw-sigawan kayo ng ganun, stand up. Stand up and sabihin mo, ‘sabi ni Mayor, umuwi kami’. Pupuntahan ko kayo doon, kunin ko kayo. Kung ayaw kayong ibigay sa akin, then panahon na talaga siguro na… Sabihin ko, eh ‘di anong gusto ninyo? Kasi ‘pag ayaw ninyo talagang kunin ko ‘yan. ‘Pag ayaw ninyong ibigay, pasensyahan tayo.” said Duterte.
‘Yan tanong ko sa kanila, sabihin ko kay Trillanes, kayo ni Alejano, who gave you the right but — by what universal right do you have to just rob a guy in front of public na ganun ninyo? Sige daw.