Philippine president's war of words with arrested critic

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's long-running acrimony with his leading critic, opposition Sen. Leila de Lima, has set off sharp verbal exchanges as they have argued over his anti-drug crackdown, which has led to more than 7,000 deaths since last June.

De Lima called the president a "sociopathic serial killer" on Friday as she was arrested on drug charges. He has called her a sex-starved "immoral woman."

Here are some examples of the verbal salvos launched by Duterte and de Lima:

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"Liars! Hypocrites!" " De Lima on the credibility of government-backed witnesses whose statements helped put her in jail Friday.

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"Here is an immoral woman ... she engages in politicking, posturing." " Duterte, in a speech in August on de Lima's romantic fling with her driver, who was charged along with her with collecting bribes from detained drug lords.

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"I am here to exorcise my demon. He wears a crown and sits on a throne now ... His lofty position should not be used to perpetuate his personal evil designs against one woman." " De Lima in a speech after asking the Supreme Court to bar Duterte from getting details about her personal life and using them to degrade her.

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"If I were de Lima, ladies and gentlemen, I'll hang myself. Your life has been, not only life, the innermost of your core as a female is being serialized every day. You should resign." " Duterte in an August speech on de Lima's alleged sex video with her lover.

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"De Lima, you are finished." " Duterte, in August, citing de Lima's alleged links to detained drug lords.

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"Is this a joke?" " De Lima on the alleged links cited by Duterte.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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