Duterte to voters: ‘Use your common sense’ when choosing PH’s next set of leaders

Published March 27, 2019, 1:00 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling 

President Duterte has encouraged voters to use “common sense” in choosing the country’s new set of leaders in the upcoming midterm elections.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President urged the public to scrutinize the candidates’ qualifications as he differentiated his senatorial bets and their rivals during a campaign rally in Koronadal City, South Cotabato Tuesday night.

“Look, I am not trying even to convince you to vote for us. Far from it, far from it. I want you na gamitin mo lang your common sense. ‘Yung pinaka-common, ‘wag naman ‘yung highest sense, common sense lang, [the most common sense, not the highest sense],” he said.

“If you think I am right, but if you think I’m a lousy messenger, eh ‘di ‘wag. Kung ayaw ninyo sinasabi ko ‘di tingnan ninyo [don’t believe me. If you don’t like what I’m saying, just look at the candidates],” he said.

The President took pride in his senatorial candidates during the PDP-Laban campaign rally, saying they have integrity and competence.
He also belittled anew the competence of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, saying they were heading straight to hell.

Citing as an example, he said former police chief Ronald del Rosa and singer/composer Freddie Aguilar were more qualified to become senators than lawyer Chel Diokno and Magdalo party list Rep. Gary Alejano.

“Chel Diokno, human rights lawyer. So marami itong napalabas na mga komunista. Kaya humahaba ang patayan, humahaba ang panahon [He helped secure the freedom of communists that’s why the killings continue],” he said.

“Baka akala ninyo [You might think] Freddie Aguilar is — because he does not talk in English that… Freddie Aguilar is a brilliant man. A songwriter could only be brilliant, period,” he added.

He also said Dela Rosa, the country’s former top cop, has shown “fundamental honesty” while Alejano has done nothing but launch mutinies.

“Bato dela Rosa, ikumpara mo kay Alejano. Anong ginawa ni Alejano? Nag-coup d’etat, nag-mutiny. Kunyari pasikat diyan sa ano, hindi naman siya babarilin kasi mga mistah-mistah ‘yan [Compare Bato del Rosa with Alejano. What has Alejano achieved? He was involved in coup d’etat, mutiny. He’s trying to be famous but he cannot engage in a shootout with his mistahs],” he said.

 
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