Duterte vows to ‘destroy’ female gov’t official

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte presides over the meeting with Japanese foreign affairs officials at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on August 11, which is also attended by some Cabinet members, namely (from left to right), National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. (MNS photo)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte presides over the meeting with Japanese foreign affairs officials at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on August 11, which is also attended by some Cabinet members, namely (from left to right), National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to “destroy” an unnamed female government official after saying he has been a favorite whipping boy of rights groups and NGOs for the longest time.

“I have a special ano kay ano. She is a government official. One day soon I will – bitiwan ko yan (I will drop her) in public and I will have to destroy her in public,” he told reporters.

Asked to provide clues, he said: “That is the riddle there, hintay lang kayo (just wait).”

He added that he is still waiting for a “go signal” to destroy the unnamed official.

The President also hinted that he had been “listening in” on another group with the help of another country.

Senator Leila de Lima (right) views replicas of Central Bank's pre-Hispanic gold collection during the opening of exhibit: Ginto a Golden Heritage from Our Filipino Ancestor on Monday (Aug. 1, 2016) at the 2nd floor Senate Hallway in Pasay City. From left are Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo, National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Felipe De Leon, Jr., and Senator Loren Legarda. The exhibit features ancient ornaments crafted by our Filipino ancestors from 700 to 1,200 years ago. These form part of the BSP Pre-Hispanic Gold Collection. (MNS photo)

Senator Leila de Lima (right) views replicas of Central Bank’s pre-Hispanic gold collection during the opening of exhibit: Ginto a Golden Heritage from Our Filipino Ancestor on Monday (Aug. 1, 2016) at the 2nd floor Senate Hallway in Pasay City. From left are Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo, National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Felipe De Leon, Jr., and Senator Loren Legarda. The exhibit features ancient ornaments crafted by our Filipino ancestors from 700 to 1,200 years ago. These form part of the BSP Pre-Hispanic Gold Collection. (MNS photo)

“Akala nila hindi ako nakikikinig sa kanila (They think I am not listening to them) while all the time they have also been listening to what I have done. I have also been busy and with the help of another country listening to them.”

“If you cannot catch me listening to you, then I will say there’s nothing,” he said.

Duterte has lashed out against several opponents in the past, criticizing former justice chief and now Senator Leila de Lima for trying to pin him to the killings of criminal suspects in Davao when he was still mayor.

He recently had a tiff with Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno over his “name and shame” campaign against officials, including magistrates, who allegedly have links to narcotics.

The President later apologized to Sereno, saying he did not mean to issue harsh words.(MNS)

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