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Insecure much? De Lima wonders why Duterte is bent on destroying Robredo

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The more President Duterte insults Vice President Leni Robredo, the more it shows how threatened or “insecure” he is.

Detained Senator Leila de Lima made the remark after Duterte declared that Robredo “made an asshole of herself” during her 19-day stint as drug czar.

The President removed Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) as he no longer trust her to lead the government’s campaign against drugs after she reached out to foreign entities critical of his war on drugs.

“Duterte knows that VP Leni’s dignified courage and genuine big heart for the masses make her a formidable and appealing leader,” De Lima said.

“At ayaw lang kasi nyang nasasapawan ng isang babae. He’s so unhinged!” the opposition senator said.

De Lima on Saturday welcomed the United Nations rapporteur’s call to respect Filipino women in politics.

She supported the call of Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on Ending Violence Against Women, for the Philippine government to protect Filipino women in politics against any forms of abuse, harassment and violence perpetrated by influential leaders.

De Lima also thanked Šimonović for expressing grave concern over her plight and including her among the public officials in the country who she believes need protection against verbal abuse and attacks.

In a recent press conference in Thailand, Šimonović has reminded the Duterte administration of its obligations under international law to protect Filipino women in politics from verbal attacks.

“Under international obligations, all persons in their respective roles should be protected against such types of verbal abuse and attacks that are coming with respect to their specific role,” Šimonović said.

De Lima has reiterated that the rise of “strong men” like Duterte who promotes sexism should be an eye-opener for Filipinos to continue empowering women to defeat the culture of misogyny.

“Let’s not allow officials like Mr. Duterte, who views women as a force that threatens his hold on power, to continue bullying us. Let us stand and fight for the dignity of women and respect for everyone,” she said.

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