The camp of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte slammed President Aquino for saying the Davao mayor’s presidency if elected would be “bloody.”
Duterte’s campaign manager Jun Evasco said Aquino’s comment only shows the administration is now “in panic mode” as its bet Manuel Roxas II consistently lags in opinion surveys and commits one blunder after another.
“Frightened, the President wants to deflect the attention of the public away from the shame,” Evasco said.
Evasco’s remarks stemmed from Aquino’s statement during the Liberal Party’s proclamation rally for its local candidates at Plaza Miranda, Manila.
Aquino said during the rally that a bloody administration under Duterte could be a step away from a dictatorship.
Reacting to Aquino’s pronouncements, Duterte reminded Aquino that he does not want to “dishonor the memory” of his mother who was also one of those who marched in Davao City during the dark days of martial law.
“My mother led the yellow Friday march of the women in Davao. He might forget so I will dishonor the memory of my mother by following the persons she helped put down? Including me? That’s too much from the President,” Duterte said.
Duterte, however, was not affected by Aquino’s remarks, saying he would still continue to kill all the criminals even without due process.
Duterte has gained the support of the Zubiri family in Bukidnon.
Bukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri endorsed the presidential bid of Duterte before thousands who joined the annual Kaamulan Festival held in the province.
Zubiri said the decision to support Duterte was reached after a series of consultations with local officials and their constituents.
“This is the mandate of the people of Bukidnon,” he said.
Duterte is also pushing for the candidacy of Zubiri’s son, Migz, who is again seeking a Senate seat in the May 9 elections.
In his speech, Duterte highlighted his peace agenda for the Philippines.
“If I win, I will talk to the rebel groups – the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Moro National Liberation Front and the New People’s Army,” he said.
“I heard that my professor, Jose Maria Sison of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, wants to go home if I get elected,” he added, referring to the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines in exile in the Netherlands.
Duterte also thanked Zubiri and the people of Bukidnon for their support. – With Edith Regalado