Duterte promises to be courteous to De Lima in Senate hearing

feb 2, 2014

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said in his every-Sunday TV program he would just be courteous to Dept. of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in the Senate hearing today, Monday where he is invited to appear to shed light on rice smuggling.

He said during his “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” program: “I will just greet her good morning ma’am, good morning ma’am,” when he and the secretary would have a face off, eye to eye at the Senate following heated exchange of words carried in the national media since the recent weeks.

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The mayor said that due to his “pamalikas” (throwing of curse words), the issue on smuggling is put on the national spotlight as the Senate is now investigating.

 “Smuggling has been there long time ago, but nobody is interested to go after the criminals (engaged in) smuggling,” he added.

He bared that in his own investigation at the request of BIR Commissioner Kim Henares, agents from the intelligence community who came forward are consistent in their information on David Tan as the rice smuggler.

Duterte said he has “other names” involved in rice smuggling but did not want them divulged in public “without substantial proofs.”

Duterte took swipes at De Lima for seeking publicity out from prematurely dropping the identity of alleged rice smuggling king David Tan as Davidson Bangayan and from failing to establish Bangayan’s link with Tan.  The mayor called for De Lima’s resignation.

But he took anew an apparent jab at De Lima on Sunday when he tagged her as “numero unong intrigera”.

Earlier, De Lima hit back at Duterte saying that “everybody is aware that he’s got a lousy mouth”.   

In their trading of barbs, both threw “shut up” words.

Commission of Human Rights chair Etta Rosales was also dragged into the scene, earning those words, when she cautioned Duterte on his “I will kill you” statement directed at rice smugglers.

Tan’s real identity is expected to become a hot issue in today’s Senate hearing as Bangayan, a businessman, already denied he is Tan, while other reports said that the name David Tan is just a fictitious one. – (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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