Duterte asking De Lima to resign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The word war between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila De Lima rages on.

On Monday during a speech in Tacloban, Duterte called on De Lima to resign.

"If I were De Lima, ladies and gentlemen, I'll hang myself," the President said.

"The innermost of your core as a female is being serialized everyday. Dapat mag-resign ka [You should resign]," he added. "Anong ipapakita mo sa mga babae? [What example will you show other women?] Follow me, sabihin mo...This is how to be a woman of the world."

Duterte had alleged that De Lima is having an affair with her former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan. He said the two were involved in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison-- when De Lima was Justice Secretary under the Aquino administration.



De Lima denies these allegations.

She said, "Resignation at this point will be an admission of guilt and a sign of weakness", and adds she is "neither weak nor guilty."

"It is only natural to self-preservation that one does not rely on the suggestions of those who want to see you extinguished and who wish your destruction," the senator said.

Meanwhile, when asked about the possibility of attending an inquiry at the House of Representatives, De Lima said it would be hard to do so given that she had already been judged guilty by the President.

"And then you think that House Speaker will be anything near fair to me? I'm finished insofar as the President is concerned kaya nga ako pinapa-resign. Tapos haharap ako dun? Wala na kong kahihiyan sa sarili ko nun ah" [that's why he wanted me to resign. Then I will attend the probe? Do I not have any shame left for myself?].