President Rodrigo Duterte called Senator Leila De Lima as 'Mutya ng halimaw' even after the senator was among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 awarded by a Foreign Police magazine based in Washington.
According to a report of politics.com.ph, President Duterte stated during his speech in Cambodia:
“Kasi magka-disgrasyahan talaga tayo. Na ‘yung iba, ‘yung asawa ni Samson. ‘Yung biblical na… ‘yung asawa niya. Mutya ng halimaw. Ako pa ngayon ang (top drug lord protector).”
De Lima previously tagged president Duterte as the “number one drug lord protector” after he ordered Police Chief Bato Dela Rosa to stop relieving chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 8 Supt. Marvin Marcos who was named by drug lord Kerwin Espinosa as one of his protectors.
“Kasi ‘yung bakit ko daw pina—Hindi ko pinataggal. Sabi ko huwag mong tanggalin ‘yan, ke marami… matagal-tagal na ‘yan. Bakit mo nilagay diyan. Meron ‘yan sariling network. Kasi involve siya eh. So kaya sasama siya, may network siya. Habulin natin. ‘yan ang sinabi ko. Walang ibang drama doon.”
Meanwhile, Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali claims that the award given to De Lima was intended to hit President Duterte and his war on drugs.
Umali said in a report of ABS-CBN:
"I don’t know, this may be a lobby that was being done by some groups somehow to hit more on the President because as you very well know, the Americans are so critical of the war on drugs of the President."
A total of 5,882 casualties were recorded since President Duterte started his war on illegal drugs.