(Eagle News) — Senator Leila de Lima “must be hallucinating,” the Palace said on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after De Lima urged President Rodrigo Duterte, whom she called a “liar,” to formally declare that he was unable to discharge his functions as the chief executive, and to let Vice President Leni Robredo take over.
“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 six months. It was only made as ‘pa-andar’ to your remaining fanatical base of mindless sycophants,” De Lima had said.
According to Panelo, this “could be a result of her incarceration.”
“I pity her. I’m praying for her health,” he said.
In her statement on Tuesday, Oct. 29, De Lima also said Duterte “failed” to solve the problems he said he would solve when he was elected into office.
“Niloko mo mga tao na six months solb na 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 magresign ka nalang,” De Lima said.
On Monday, Oct. 28, Duterte challenged Robredo to take on the post of drug czar for six months.
This was after she said the drug war had failed because it had failed to curb the number of drug users in the country.