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No room for violence: Dick says Duterte just ‘exaggerating’ on shoot-and-bury order against troublemakers

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Senator Dick Gordon defended President Rodrigo Duterte for engaging in verbal hyperbole to compel the public to follow his lockdown rules “I think the President is just exaggerating as usual, and you have to look at what he really means,” said Gordon in an ANC interview.

“As far as I’m concerned, there is no room for violence right there has got be civility,” said Gordon.

In a televised speech on April 1, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police, military and barangay officials to shoot down troublemakers during the lockdown.

“We are ready for you gulo o barilan o patayan, I will not hesitate my soldiers will shoot you…’Wag ninyo akong takutin ng gulo-gulo kasi kung gusto n’yo talaga ng gulo, guguluhin natin ang bayan natin, tutal wala namang pagkain,” said Duterte

“Kung gusto n’yo ng barilan ‘di sige. Gusto n’yo ng pukpukan, I will not hesitate. My orders to the military and police and barangay na pagka-ginulo at nagkaroon ng okasyon na lumaban at ang buhay n’yo nalagay sa alanganin, shoot them dead. Tingnan ninyo patay… kesa manggulo kayo dyan, eh ilibing ko na lang kayo. ‘Yan libing akin ‘yan,” he added

Duterte issued the order just hours after the police arrested nearly two dozen protesters in Quezon City allied with the Samahan Ng Magkakapitbahay ng Barangay San Roque (SAMANA) and backed by labor group, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP).

The protesters claimed they were deprived of food subsidies promised by Duterte during the 30-day lockdown in Metro Manila because these were not delivered by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.

But Duterte believes these protesters were no different from the members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap, or Kadamay who forcibly took over housing facilities meant in Bulacan built for.

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