House Majority Leader and Zamboanga City 2nd district Rep. Mannix Dalipe (Ellson Quismorio/ MANILA BULLETIN)
House Majority Leader Zamboanga City 2nd district Rep. Mannix Dalipe has likened former president Rodrigo Duterte’s recent death threat against ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro to a “bomb joke” at an airport.
These are things that you simply don’t do, since they are against the law.
“We do not want that anybody would just issue a death threat to any senator or to any congressman, or even to the president of the Philippines, vice president of the Philippines, to issue death threats to people left and right,” Dalipe said in a recent television interview.
“Hindi po pwede parang pumupunta ka sa airport tapos sasabihin mo may dala-dala kang bomba, na it’s just a joke. So the House takes that threat seriously,” said the Zamboanga City lawmaker.
(You can’t just go to the airport and then say that you’re carrying a bomb, and that it’s just a joke.)
Castro is a deputy minority leader and member of the militant Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives.
Last week, Duterte was quoted as saying that the confidential funds his daughter Vice President Sara Duterte sought under the 2024 national budget for would be used for the reestablishment of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and to fight off communist recruiters in the educational system.
“Pero, ang una mong target sa intelligence fund mo, kayo, ikaw France, kayong mga komunista ang gusto kong patayin,” he said.
(But the first target of your intelligence fund, you people, you France, you communists are the ones I want to kill.)
The elder Duterte was seemingly ticked off after the House leadership reduced to zero the Vice President’s P650-million confidential fund allocation in next year’s budget.
The Makabayan bloc has said that it is looking at possible legal action against the ex-president.
“I think the House will be united to stop all of these statements that are not really needed to be issued by any person,” Dalipe, a Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats stalwart, said.
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