"Her answer was "goading people to kill irrespective of the context is, to me, unacceptable." She did not say anything about any law against threatening criminals. The president should review what she said first. Beyond this the Ombudsman does not find it necessary to say anything more," the Office of the Ombudsman said.
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The ombudsman has addressed the President to stop attacking her for statements she did not made after the President's recent speech that struck her.
The argument between President Duterte and Ombudsman Morales seemed to had worsened when Duterte made a speech in Malacañang, indirectly accusing the Ombudsman of doing nothing regarding the issue on drugs, as well as being involved in corruption cases.
President Duterte even said that he himself had dealings with the Office of the Ombudsman when he was still a prosecutor, proof to his claims that they are also involved in illegal transactions.
In the same speech, Duterte attacked the Ombudsman to keep silent and deal with their own things.
"Do not play God. Just shut up," Duterte said addressing the Ombudsman.
It can be remembered that last week, Ombudsman Morales lambasted President Duterte during her Japan NHK interview which was aired in the Philippines last Thursday.
"He (Duterte) is goading people to kill people. That's a problem. His communications people say 'that's hyperbole.' You know, they try to rationalize whatever he says, so whether or not the police or whoever he addresses these words, believe him. That's a different story. The directive to kill people under any situation irrespective of the context, to me, that's not acceptable," the Ombudsman said.
The Palace then defended President Duterte's statements saying Morales have been putting the statements outside the context.
“I think she’s really taking it out of context. Again and again, we’ve stated about how the President expresses himself and that particular statement may have been taken out of context,” President Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a Palace briefing.
In any case, President Rodrigo Duterte has already responded to Ombudsman Morales' accusation of the him "goading people to kill people."
"Ombudsman, find me a law which says I cannot threaten criminals with death. Find me a law which would bar me from saying 'I will destroy you if you destroy my country.' If you can do that, I will step down tomorrow," responded President Duterte to the "goading" accusation of the Ombudsman.
The response by the President has been part of his speech in Malacañang for the Palace's new presidential appointees and officials. In the same speech, the President also hit back on the Ombudsman posing the question, "Since when did you appoint yourself spokesperson of the criminals?" further adding that Morales should rein her mouth in because it has problems.
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