Press Release
October 29, 2019

Dispatch from Crame No. 636:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima's Statement on Mr. Duterte's Dare to Vice President Leni Robredo to take over Drug War

Duterte's tongue-in-cheek proposal for VP Leni Robredo to take over his war on drugs for six months is the sort that appeals to his fanatic fan base. But like all his other statements of the kind, it is senseless and outrageous when it comes to being considered as a serious policy pronouncement.

Of course, the proposal has basis in law and the Constitution, but Duterte must first relinquish his post entirely to VP Robredo, who will then be Acting President throughout the over-acting phase of Duterte's spoiled brat persona, and not only take over law enforcement functions.

So I throw back Duterte's challenge at him. Follow the Constitution. Transmit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives your written declaration that you are unable to discharge the powers and duties of your office, and let VP Robredo take over. That is the only manly way to stay true to your challenge to VP Robredo to fix what you have not been able to fix the past three years of your miserable term.

But that is precisely the problem is it not, Mr. President? First, you are not serious in your challenge to VP Robredo to take over for 6 months. It was only made as "pa-andar" to your remaining fanatical base of mindless sycophants. Second, Hello! You were the one who promised to solve every problem of this nation that existed since the 19th century in the span of six months. You failed. And now you mock VP Robredo when you were the one who bragged everything is solvable with the 6-month Duterte formula of wishing that things would just fix themselves by the sheer power of your stupid jokes and equally idiotic ramblings.

Niloko mo mga tao na six months solb lahat ng problema. Ngayon hinahamon mo si VP Leni na gawin ang hindi mo nagawa? Sino ba ang nangako sa taumbayan na ayusin ang Pilipinas sa loob ng anim na buwan? Sabi mo pa nga "give me six months", and if you fail, you promised to either resign or kill yourself. Okay lang naman sa amin kahit mag-resign ka na lang.

But to challenge VP Robredo to succeed where you failed? Aba, wala sa usapan yan. Kasalanan ba ni VP Robredo kung saksakan ka ng yabang? Eh ang totoo pala ay wala ka naman palang lakas o kakayahan para tuparin ang iyong salita.

Sinungaling ka, Mr. Duterte. Niloko mo ang 16 milyon na bumoto sa iyo. Pinapaniwala mo sila na ang kanilang binoto ay isang Mesaya, yun pala ay may sayad.

(Access the handwritten copy of Dispatch from Crame No. 636, here:

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