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Don’t vote for rich candidates who lack empathy – Duterte

By Genalyn Kabiling
Ahead of the May midterm elections, President Duterte has encouraged voters to shun wealthy candidates who lack empathy for other people.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 Project in Caloocan City on February 28, 2019. (REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Speaking to the crowd gathered at PDP-Laban campaign rally in Abra last Tuesday, the President suggested that people should look for new leaders who are sincere, hardworking, and have a good track record.

“Mamili kayo ng presidente, congressman, huwag kayong pumili ‘yang mga mayaman. They cannot fathom. Sa Binisaya, di nila makab-ot. Sa Tagalog, hindi nila makuha sa ilalim ‘yung sentimiyento ng tao [When you choose a president, congressman, don’t choose the rich ones. They cannot fathom. In Tagalog, they cannot get the deep sentiment of the people],” Duterte said in his impromptu remarks.

Duterte, a former Davao City mayor, warned that rich candidates might only take advantage of the people.

“Pagka ‘yang mga milyonaryo na dati may mga korporasyon, mga plantation, gagamitin lang kayo niyan. Maghanap kayo ng mga tao na sinsero. ‘Yun nagtrabaho na’t may maipakita na [Those millionaires with companies, plantation, they will just use you. Look for the people who are sincere, who have worked hard with proven track record],” he added.

The President issued the appeal as he campaigned for the administration’s senatorial candidates during the political gathering in Abra.

He claimed that administration bets including re-electionist Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, former Presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, former assistant Christopher Go, and former police chief Ronald dela Rosa were men on integrity and competence.

Duterte also seized the opportunity to discredit the Otso Diretso senatorial ticket, saying they resorted to black propaganda against their rivals. He added that the opposition bets have done nothing but criticize the administration.

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