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Marunong akong umintindi! Lacson takes offense at being called ‘ignorant’ by Duterte

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Senator Panfilo Lacson admitted to feeling insulted after President Rodrigo Duterte described him as someone “trying to be a crusader but ignorant.”

In an interview over dzMM radio Wednesday (September 11), Lacson said he educates himself on issues he comments about.

“Nang sinabi niya ignorante ako hindi ko matanggap ‘yan. Marunong ako magbasa ng batas at marunong ako mag-intindi. Medyo masakit sa tenga,” he said.

Duterte criticized Lacson in a speech in Malacañang Tuesday (September 10) after recalling the comments that the senator and Vice President Leni Robredo over his comment that police officers could accept gifts of nominal value if they were given out of gratitude.

“His penchant to just right away — – in every issue dito, I think he’s running for President,” Duterte said of Lacson.

“But I would caution him to be more circumspect because pagdating ng panahon ‘yan, ‘yan ang magagamit ng mga ano niya, mga kalaban niya. Sheer ignorance. Trying — trying to be a crusader but ignorant,” the President added.

Lacson said he knows where he speaks since he used to be chief of the Philippine National Police.

“Sabi niya okay kumita [nang] extra sa video karera. Sabi ko teka muna. Sa tweet ko [noong] August 10, I was referring to the extra cash from video karera. Galing ako sa PNP. bawal tumanggap ng ilegal,” he said.

While Lacson believes he and Duterte are still friends, he said some of the President’s remarks are uncalled for.

Asked if his relationship with Duterte was complicated, Lacson said: “Wala akong planong makipag-away sa kanya. Tayo marunong tumanaw ng utang na loob. Marunog makipag-kaibigan. Pero huwag naman ako insultuhin because I’ll insult you back.”

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