DUMAGUETE CITY — A mammoth crowd of more than 10,000 warmly greeted PDP-Laban presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his vice presidential candidate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano during a grand rally at the Aquino Freedom Park in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental Monday afternoon.
Duterte held a rally earlier at the Apolinario Quisay gymnasium in Siaton, some 60 kilometers south of Dumaguete, were he proceeded from another sortie in Tagbilaran, Bohol.
Due to a tight schedule, Duterte failed to make a courtesy call to Mayor Manuel Teves Sagarbarria and one of the most important activities for the day which is courtesy call to the Diocese of Dumaguete headed by Bishop Julito Cortes.
Duterte wooed Negrenses through his “coming from the heart speech,” in the vernacular, unmindful of criticisms coming from the religious groups about the foul words he used in attacking corrupt public officials, alluding to at least three other presidentiables, namely, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe and Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas.
He repeated statements that he is not asking for votes but urging the crowd to examine who among the candidates really deserves to be placed in Macalañang.
The Davao City mayor vowed to address criminality, corruption and illegal drugs during the first six months if he is elected as president of the Philippines.
According to Duterte, the self-imposed deadline is for him to move faster so as not to waste time, which is not the usual thing done by politicians as soon as they are elected into office.
He said when he becomes president, he will order the police and other law enforcement units to run after drug addicts, pushers, users and suppliers, kidnap for ransom groups, and scalawags in public service, 24 hours a day.
Meanwhile, the caravan around Dumaguete City streets to the Freedom Park was also cancelled because of the candidates’ very tight schedule.
Another schedule missed by local media is a possible interview at the media room intended for the press.
In fact, during Duterte’s speech, he was reminded at least three times about his scheduled flight back since it was almost 6:00 o’clock in the evening.
A proclamation of local candidates under PDP-Laban took place before Duterte left for Manila on board a helicopter. Juancho Gallarde / PNA / northboundasia.com