MANILA - Senator Leila de Lima on Friday said she would not mind being cursed by President Rodrigo Duterte if the latter would spare well-known international figures. De Lima said Duterte’s foul mouth has embarrassed the country. She said she would not mind receiving all kinds of insults from Duterte if the latter will not do the same to global leaders. "Okay lang na ako ang murahin niya ng murahin, huwag lang yung mga international personalities na tayo ay laging napapahiya," De Lima said in a speaking engagement at the Adamson University.
[It's fine if he will curse me over and over, as long as he will spare international personalities because it is really embarrassing.] Duterte in recent weeks has been uttering expletives and strong words against foreign governments and institutions and their leaders. Still angry over the US’ admonition of his war on drugs, Duterte earlier this week told Obama to “go to hell”.
Duterte has also chastised the European Union and United Nations for calling him out over the rising body count in his war on drugs. Unfazed by the possible breakdown in diplomatic relations between the Philippines and its western partners, Duterte said he would not mind if the Philippines will be deprived of aid from its rich allies. Duterte instead said he would lean on two US rivals, China and Russia, for trade and arms. De Lima, meanwhile, believes that the president's offensive rhetoric has put the country’s economy into uncertainty.
She also expressed fears of a possible investigation of the Philippines by international bodies like the International Criminal Court due to the unabated killings in the country in connection with Duterte’s war on drugs. De Lima, meanwhile, admitted that her performance as a senator has been affected by the numerous intrigues being thrown her way. She said, she can no longer fully focus on crafting proposed laws and can only attend committee hearings once in a while.