SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines – Criticized for his human rights record by his rival Sen. Grace Poe, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hit back yesterday, saying that he did not want an American to be president of the Philippines.
“Ayaw ko ng Amerikanong pangulo. The president should be a Filipino,” Duterte said without naming Poe, who is facing disqualification cases over her citizenship and residency.
Duterte had earlier said that he decided to run for president to prevent Poe from being elected after the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) decided that she was a natural-born Filipino citizen.
The SET violated the law when the five senator-members of the tribunal voted in favor of Poe, said Duterte, who attended the Christmas party at Pampanga’s Best Meat and Processing Plant in Barangay Dela Paz del Norte here.
The presidential aspirant vowed to eliminate criminals and corrupt government officials, and took potshots at another rival, Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.
If Roxas is afraid to die or kill troublemakers, he should not run for president, Duterte said.
“I will definitely stop crime and corruption if elected president in 2016,” he said.
Duterte said if there would be no crime committed in every province, investors would come.
He said he would also definitely stop corruption if elected, as the mayor cited Davao City where there is no corruption.
“Corruption must stop,” Duterte said.
He also promised to eradicate illegal drug syndicates.
Duterte said illegal drugs would destroy the people, “that is why I will stop prohibited drugs.”
He said if a police chief is using drugs, “I would change him or probably kill him.”
But if the police chief will be involved in killing criminals, “I will protect him and promote him to a higher rank.”
Duterte said if he is elected, he will continue the development of Clark International Airport to decongest Metro Manila.
He said if Clark airport would be developed, business will boom in Central and Northern Luzon.
Duterte also dared Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II to quit from seeking the presidency if he is afraid to die and kill people.
“Ang ibig sabihin ni Mar, hindi ko kayang pumatay? Ang advise ko kay Mar, Mar kung gusto kang maging presidente at effective ka, huwag kang matakot mamatay at wag kang matakot pumatay. At kung matakot kang mamatay at matakot kang pumatay, huwag kang tumakbong presidente,” Duterte said.
Duterte’s statement came after Roxas said that the peace in Davao City is just a myth and mere figment of imagination.
“Yes, I’m trying to believe because the person talking is also a political myth,” Roxas said, referring to Duterte.
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