Naglabas ng pahayag si Vice President at Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte sa paninisi sa kanya ni Walden Bello na matatandaang hinuli dahil sa kasong cyberlibel.
Ayon kasi kay Bello ay ginamit lamang ni Duterte si Jefry Tupas upang magsampa ng kaso laban sa kanya.
Ito’y kahit na matatandaang tinawag na ‘drug lord’ ni Bello si Tupas na dating aide ni Duterte.
Pero ayon kay Duterte ay wala siyang kinalaman sa mga nangyayari ngayon kay Bello.
“When I was a child, my father gave me sound advice never listen to attacks hurled against our family. And I took it to heart during my VP campaign. I never shared my spotlight with Walden Bello despite the offensives he launched against me.” ani Duterte.
“I was focused on drilling my education platform in all the rallies that I could muster. In fact, I have never filed a libel case in my life. Criticisms do not deserve even a backward glance because the accomplishments of Davao City under my leadership are already set in stone.” dagdag pa niya.
Nagbigay ng payo si Duterte kay Bello na tigilan na nito ang pagpapanggap na biktima siya ng paghihiganti dahil sa politika.
Ipinaalala din ni bise na hindi porket mayroong freedom of speech sa bansa ay may karapatan na si Bello na manira ng pangalan ng ibang tao.
“That he calls the charge against him “silly” speaks volumes of Mr. Bello’s character – it was clearly derision of and an insult to the Prosecutors and the time and effort they put in to uphold the rule of law.”
“Mr. Bello supposedly a respected international educator and a human rights activist took it so low and displayed a disgraceful version of himself, making him the perfect poster boy of someone we hope our children will not become when they grow up.”
“Mr. Bello should focus on salvaging what remains of his dignity and self- respect, I am asking him to stop obsessing over me – and stop blaming me for his fall from grace.” aniya.
Sagot naman ni Bello ay si Duterte ang obsess sa kanya dahil sa hindi nito inatras ang cyber libel case na isinampa ni Tupas.
“If she was not obsessed over me, that cyber libel charge would have been dropped long ago. So Vice Pres. Sara Duterte, you are the one who should stop obsessing over me.” ani Bello.