By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte urged the public to try voting for former Interior and Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas to see if he has a more effective way of solving the illegal drugs problem in the country.
During the distribution of e certificates of land ownership award (COLA) to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Boracay island Thursday night, the President 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 (Lie low for now, after all I only have three years left. If you want to come back, then do it),” he said.
“Vote for Roxas, Ilonggo eh. Iboto ninyo, walang problema ‘yan (He is an Ilonggo. Vote for him, there’s no problem with that),” he added.
Duterte then said that the people should try voting for Roxas, his former political enemy for the presidency in 2016, 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 (I think Roxas will run again. Why don’t you try him and see for yourself)? You can only measure a man’s stamina for doing a particular activity for his fellowmen,” he said.
After staying away from the political limelight for two years, Roxas filed his certificate of candidacy for senator in October this year.
Duterte had an overwhelming lead against Roxas in the presidential race during the 2016 polls. Duterte got a total of 16,601,997 votes while Roxas only got 9,978,175 votes.
Tension escalated between the two politicians during the campaign season when Roxas challenged Duterte to a slapping match which later on became a challenge to a boxing match. The challenge came after Duterte claimed that Roxas did not graduate from Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.