Duterte ‘en­dorses’ Mar for 2019

Tempo - - News - (Ar­gyll Cyrus B. Geducos)

Pres­i­dent Duterte said on Thurs­day that the pub­lic should try vot­ing for­mer In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas II as sen­a­tor in the May 2019 elec­tions to see if he has a more ef­fec­tive way of solv­ing the il­le­gal drugs prob­lem in the coun­try.

Duterte, in a speech at the dis­tri­bu­tion of Cer­tifi­cates of Land Own­er­ship Award to agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Bo­ra­cay Is­land, re­it­er­ated his warn­ing to il­le­gal drugs per­son­al­i­ties to stop their ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing his term and maybe try to come back when a new leader is elected.

"Do not do it dur­ing my watch. Huwag sa pana­hon na ako ang Pres­i­dente. Lie low lang kayo tu­tal tat­long, tat­long taon lang na­man, at kung gusto niny­ong bu­ma­lik, eh ‘di sige. ‘Pag gusto ng sino ma-Pres­i­dente," he said. "Vote for Roxas, Ilonggo eh. Iboto ninyo, walang prob­lema ‘yan," he added.

Duterte said that the peo­ple should try vot­ing for Roxas, whom he bat­tled in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, to see if he can re­ally over­come the il­le­gal drugs trade.

"Tatakbo sig­uro ‘yan si Roxas uli eh. Sige why don’t you try para makita ninyo? You can only mea­sure a man’s stamina for do­ing a par­tic­u­lar ac­tiv­ity for his fel­low­men," he said.

Roxas had been away from the po­lit­i­cal lime­light for two years un­til he filed his Cer­tifi­cate of Can­di­dacy for sen­a­tor in the May 2019 elec­tions last month.

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