Malacañang on Friday fired back at opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros for calling President Rodrigo Duterte “destabilizer in chief.”
“It is ironic that Risa Hontiveros, who spends so much of her time undermining the efforts of this administration, would refer to the President as ‘destabilizer in chief,’” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
Moratorium on politicking
“During this challenging time when the nation must stand as one because of the tragedies that befell our farmers from northern Luzon, the miners of Itogon, Benguet, [and] the residents of Naga, Cebu, what our people expect is a moratorium [on] excessive politicking from our elected leaders,” he said.
Hontiveros had dismissed Mr. Duterte’s claims of a plot by the government’s enemies to unseat him, saying the President was the real “destabilizer in chief.”
In her speech at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila, on Thursday, the senator maintained that the President’s critics were not destabilizers seeking to bring down the government.
Destabilized PH democracy
“President Duterte is the real destabilizer. President Duterte is not a commander in chief but a destabilizer in chief,” Hontiveros said.
To this, Roque pointed out that the President had made “significant strides” in his war on drugs, criminality and corruption.
SOURCE : inquirer