President Rodrigo Duterte called Senator Leila De Lima an “immoral woman” for carrying out an affair with her married driver on August 17, 2016.
“Here is an immoral woman, flaunting well of course in so far as wife of the driver was concerned, it’s adultery. Here is a woman who funded the house of her lover and yet we do not see any complaint about it,” Duterte said.
A few days later, on August 24, 2016, Duterte once again slammed De Lima for not stopping her “immorality” for engaging in relationships, which he said led her to violate the laws.
“What is really sad for this country, here is a woman, posturing herself to be a crusader for good government but because hindi niya mapigilan ang immorality niya… Sabagay to the credit of De Lima, she is legally annulled, kagaya ko rin sa asawa ko. Pareho kaming dalawa e, annulled,” Duterte said.
“Dalaga siya e, but her sex escapades led her to commit several serious violations of the law,” he added.
Duterte, during the same speech, even revealed that De Lima has a new boyfriend then.
But a few months later, on April 2, 2017, President Duterte defended House Speaker Alvarez over the latter’s admission of having an extramarital affair. The President implied that many government officials would lose their positions for carrying on with affairs outside of their marriage.
Duterte mentioned Alvarez’ GF controversy during his speech at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City, which also saw him hitting the European Union, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, ABS-CBN, and the Catholic Church.
“We’re all hypocrites here. Pati si Speaker… Ba’t matanong ilan [ang babae]? Lahat kami dito wala nang ranggo kapag ganu’n! Sino bang walang kaligayahan?” he said.
Tanong natin: Ilan ang lawmakers na may dalawa, tatlo, apat na babae? Tanungin mo sila. Tanungin mo ang lawmakers, ilan ang lalaki sa buhay nila? ‘Di ‘yung mga bakla, ha? Ilan ‘yung lalaki — Lalaki man ang sa kanila,” he added.
Not forgetting about the Church, Duterte said: “Ang pari, itong isa pang ulol. Ilang pari dito ang may asawa? Haay naku, hypocrisy.”
When Duterte called De Lima “immoral,” netizens pointed out how ironic it was for Duterte to point a finger at the senator when he could be accused of the same thing for being a self-confessed womanizer.