Miriam Defensor-Santiago calls Duterte a ‘dangerous’ leader


Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said that if ever PDP-Laban standard-bearer Rodrigo Duterte wins the presidency, the latter’s leadership would have the “most dangerous” effect to the nation.

According to the senator, she is actually worried about the alleged violent connections of the local executive from Davao City.

“Right now, his most trusted man, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of Davao City, has already announced that if the elections don’t turn out to be Duterte, he is going to personally lead a revolution,” Santiago said.

The standard-bearer of the People’s Reform Party (PRP) also questioned Quiboloy’s statement regarding leading a revolution as she believes that the latter’s words are improper for a religious man.

“What kind of talk is that? That is almost seditious and this is for a man of a cloth,” she said; adding that the pastor claims to shepherd a flock composed of six million members.

In a televised interview, Santiago admitted that her personal impression of Duterte had already changed since they expressed support for each during the presidential debates.

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“Masyadong malalim itong Duterte na ito, hindi kamukha noon na akala natin strict-hitting lang siya na mayor at hindi siya nagkakapera. What about the plunder charge against him by Trillanes? We do not have any acceptable reason for all those accusations against him,” she said.

In the previous weeks, vice-presidential candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes of the Nacionalista Party said that Duterte allegedly hid P211-million worth of bank deposits prior to running for the country’s top executive post.