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Chel Diokno shrugs off Duterte’s joke on his teeth: Better be toothless than lawless!

Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno isn’t offended by President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark about his protruding teeth.

In a press conference Wednesday, Diokno said he doesn’t mind losing teeth as long as the “teeth” of the law stays.

“Ang sagot ko nga don e, di bale nang mawalan ng ngipin, wag lang mawalan ng ngipin ang batas,” said the lawyer, who’s running for senator.

Duterte mocked Diokno’s teeth in a speech late last month.

“Chel Diokno, kung babae ba ito kung lalaki ang nakita ko siya sa TV, pagtawa niya ang ngipin niya — ‘wag na lang kasi magsira tayo ng tao,” said Duterte during a Partido Demokratikong Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) rally in South Cotabato.

Diokno, whose family hails from Batangas, said he hasn’t encountered any rude voter in his sorties despite the abundance of trolls online.

Asked if it meant that the opposition “Otso Diretso’s” campaign is being distorted online, the lawyer said: “There is a deliberate effort to distort it in social media.”