Despite the challenge of President Rodrigo Duterte for the three of them to resign altogether, detained Senator Leila De Lima said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have no reason to step down from office.
De Lima, a staunch Duterte critic, said that Morales and Sereno are “two women with balls that even men in the time of Duterte have lost.”
“But Duterte challenging OMB Morales and CJ Sereno to resign with him is neither here nor there…The two have no reason to resign. They are perfectly in-sync with reality performing their jobs,” De Lima said.
“While Duterte continues to suffer from a mental disorder of epic proportions,” she added.
Earlier, Duterte challenged Morales and Sereno to leave their posts with him as he promised to snob the investigation of the Ombudsman on his alleged ill-gotten wealth, saying it’s “a lousy thing.”
“I challenge the two, we will go to Congress, in a simple ceremony, we sign the letter of resignation. Then let us open all the books, including yours,” the president said.
It can also be recalled that Duterte accused both Morales and Sereno of corruption.
The president also slammed the Ombudsman for “selective justice,” saying that while the latter is investigating on former’s unexplained wealth, it has also looked on similar complaints involving other government officials in the past.
However, De Lima said Duterte’s challenge for Morales and Sereno to quit with him indicated that the president is “in panic.”
“He is, in military jargon for a general gone berserk, on a scorched-earth policy. Like General Jake ‘Howling’ Smith of his favorite Balangiga Bells, he is on a kill-and-burn rampage,” De Lima added.