Duterte slams Cebu City mayor's claims: I am no drug protector

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President Rodrigo Duterte. (FILE PHOTO)

Mandaue City (CNN Philippines, August 31) — President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to beat up Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña for allegedly accusing the President of being a protector in the illegal drug trade.

In a speech at the 49th charter day celebration of Mandaue City, Duterte said he has arranged a meeting with the local official so that he could hit him.

"Kaning hinambog ani nga dugay na sa pulitika nga manulti murag: ayaw mi hilabti diri sa Cebu kay amo ni . P**ang ina g*go ka man diay. Gusto ka mugawas sa Pilipinas, eh di guyora ni ang Cebu didto sa Pacific," Duterte added.

[Translation: The arrogant style of this veteran politician telling me, "don't meddle in our affairs in Cebu because this is our turf." You want Cebu out of the Philippines? So pull Cebu Island to the Pacific and leave.]

The President went on, "Kaning mga style nga..kani ganing.. Hoy Tomas (Osmeña), dili na ni panahon sa Katsila ha. Kanang style nimo nga mura ka si kinsang taas kaayo ka manulti."

[Translation: You know his style. Hey Tomas, this is no longer the Spanish era. Your style of talking has so much hubris.]

Osmeña, however, refuted Duterte's claims. He said suspected allies of the President are feeding him false information — specifically mentioning Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino and the Police Regional Office 7 (PRO7).

"The President is entitled to say whatever he wants. As a lawyer, I am sure that he knows there are two sides to any story, and not just what Dino and PRO-7 are telling him," Mayor Osmeña said in a Facebook post.

 

The Cebu City said that he was at odds with the PRO7 who insisted that "Cebu is still safe" despite the spate of killings. Dino and Osmeña also had several public arguments on issues over transportation system.

"Regardless, I will continue to do my job. I was elected by the Cebuanos, and it is them I am obligated to. I will continue to act in the interest of my people, especially those who have no one else to stand up for them," Osmeña added.

It was the first time President Duterte publicly gave Osmeña a dressing down. While they belonged to different political parties in 2016, both had cordial relations and Osmeña has been supportive of the President and his campaign against illegal drugs.

But during the speech in Mandaue City, Duterte suggested that Osmeña team up with other critics of the administration like Communist Party of the Philippines leader Joma Sison, and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

He ended his speech by suggesting to Cebuanos to change its leadership as this is already due for a long time. He added that leaders should not be arrogant.