Hindi nagustuhan ni Senador Richard “Dick” Gordon ang naging patutsada ni Presidente Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa kapwa niya senador na si Franklin Drilon.
Magugunita na binanatan ni Pangulong Duterte si Drilon sa kanyang Starte of the Nation address nitong Lunes.
“You know Drilon, stand it —he was defending… I would like to ask Drilon, were you a part of ACCRA when this contract of Ayala water was being drafted? And why are you fumigating? Bakit kasi ikaw lang ang galit? Na sabi mo na dynasty-dynasty. You are a hypocrite. You know that you cannot pass an anti-dynasty law. Ikaw ang nandiyan sa Congress, ̳di ikaw ang mauna dito.But you know, to take it against me for protecting my country is something which I really resent. Alam mo you described using the dictionary the synonym ng mga oligarchs, oligarchy, kung ano, then you proceeded to characterize everyone every —every name and then said that oligarchy is not bad at all because sa —not all oligarchies are bad. True.But ito, to my countrymen, the oligarchy that exists in this country is the oligarchy that existed during the Spanish time. And the Spanish lands and the friar lands and all the benefits that were passed on to the Insulares who did not go back to Spain or to the Spaniards and into their… But that was long ago, it has been forgotten. This is the oligarchy that controls the Philippines by what? By taking control of the water and the electricity and power. Iyan ang oligarchy mo Drilon. [applause]Wala ng oligarchy dito except that. They have controlled. Look at… How can you now craft a new contract? Because I would insist that you pay the billions and billions that you collected.For example, water treatment. O nandiyan sa kontrata. It‘s in the billing, they are being collected since 1997. Ilang bilyon na nga wala ni isa, not even a faucet was built for a water treatment facility.Iyan ang mahirap sa… You do not protect the oligarchs here. You are the one. Ikaw lang mag-isa. And I suspect that you were also the one —or helped when you were there in the ACCRA,” sabi ni Pangulong Duterte.
Ayon kay Gordon, hindi raw astang pang-presidente ang naging pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte.
“I think he should’ve stuck to the message. Una pa lang bungad eh binanatan niya agad si Senador Drilon which I think was unpresidential. Siguro talagang malaki ‘yung galit niya, pero hindi dapat niya ilalabas sa publiko ‘yung galit niya sa isang tao, lalo isang senador who is called upon to speak for those who are vulnerable,” kuda ni Gordon.