Dirty finger is freedom of expression: Duterte

Posted at 07/08/2011 1:13 AM | Updated as of 07/08/2011 1:28 AM

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Davao City Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at his critics anew Thursday, saying the dirty finger he flashed in public last Monday was "freedom of expression."

In an interview with local media, Duterte "flipped the bird" anew.

"Ito naman si Etta, sabi violation of human rights mag-ganun ako (showing the dirty finger)," he said, referring to Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Etta Rosales.

"It is a sign of anger, it is a sign of extreme disgust. It means galit ako sa iyo," Duterte said, blurting out expletives.

Davao City Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out at his critics anew, saying the dirty finger he flashed in public last Monday was "freedom of expression."

He said this was in response to reports that the CHR wants to have him sanctioned.

His son Paul, who is a city councilor and president of the city's league of barangays, also flashed a dirty finger in front of journalists when asked about his reactions to his father's stand on the issue.

The older Duterte earlier flashed a dirty finger and cussed at critics of his daughter Sara following her widely publicized punching of a trial court sheriff last Friday.

“Ano? Mga columnist? Oh! (shows dirty finger) ta#@n*a (expletive), hindi lang sampal ang inabot noon. (Expletive), you wage a battle against your own people using policemen?” he said.

Rosales, meanwhile, shrugged off Duterte's latest outburst.

"Nako-kornihan ako sa kanya at di ko siya papatulan. Marami pa kaming gagawin, walang magagawa kung mabulaklak talaga ang bunganga niya... bahala na taumbayan kung gusto nila ganun public official," she said. - Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao