Kine not afraid of President Duterte’s threat to slap him


MANILA, Philippines – An international human rights advocate has just announced on Twitter saying he is not afraid of President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to slap him in the face right in front of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Phelim Kine, director of research and investigations of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), revealed his statement through a tweet message Thursday morning.

“In 2015 Duterte threatened us that we would be hanged in public, maybe our relationship would have improved if it had not been for now,” said a former Human Rights official. “What is he and his henchmen afraid of?”


Kine’s statement was in reference to President Duterte’s statement last May 2015 or before he become President, or a time when the PHR recommended for an investigation of alleged extra-judicial killings in Davao where PDU30 was mayor for decades.

“Gusto mong makatikim ng estilo ko sa hustisiya? Pumunta ka sa Davao City sa Pilipinas, magdroga kayo sa lungsod ko,” he said in a text message to ABS-CBN. “Papatayin ko kayo sa harap ng madlang-tao.”

Meanwhile, it was last November 19 when Duterte announced on national media he would slap Kine in front of Robredo, if and when the latter will sponsor the former who said that he was ready to help the Vice President to end the bloody “war on drugs.”

Kine, the president’s alleged “prosecutor,” also recommended Robredo to arrest Duterte.

“I dare you, kung talagang dedicated ka, papasukin mo dito ang p********** ‘yan. Pupuntahan kita sa opisina mo, sampalin ko ‘yan sa harap mo,” the President was quoted as saying.

Duterte has appointed Robredo co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs to help curb illegal drugs even as she criticizes the administration’s violent methods in containing the drug menace. (Marian Sinamban/IAMIGO/CNS)

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