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Duterte warns ‘pretty, lady senator’ who blocked his plan to solve EDSA traffic: Kapag puno na ang salop, ‘papaspasan’ ko siya!

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It has been more than three years but President Rodrigo Duterte has not moved on from Congress’ aborted plan to grant him special powers to solve EDSA’s worsening traffic situation.

In a speech before mayors, Duterte is still dreaming of what could have been if he was granted the special powers at the start of his administration in 2016.

“Simply stated, you can buy the materials, labor, or even the experts, the technical, walang bidding. Mamadalian na eh because there’s a crisis. Alam mo may isang magandang senadora na bright masyado nagsabi, ‘Ah hindi ‘yan. Sa kalaking pera niyan baka ma-corrupt ‘yan’,” said Duterte.

“Eh ako ditong nakikinig, hindi naman niya ako kilala, pero alam niya na tinulungan ko siya noon sa eleksyon niya. Sabi niya, ‘Yan baka ma-corrupt’. Ah kasi ma-corrupt? ‘Okay ‘wag na. Magawa na ako ng iba’. So dito ako, sa taas, what did I say about EDSA? ‘Let EDSA rot’. Bahala kayo diyan. Pagdating ng panahon I will name the lady, talagang paspasan ko siya,” he added.

Duterte did not name the pretty, lady senator but he was alluding to Senator Grace Poe whom he backed in the 2013 senatorial elections and who lost to him in the 2016 presidential elections.

“It is because of your lack of faith in your fellowmen. And when you begin to think that you are the only honest official of the land by this year… Anong ipinagmamalaki mo? Expertise in politics? Why are you there? Is that the only credi…? Because of your name, you have a name also? You cannot have your own?” said Duterte.

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