KALAPONG, Davao del Norte: Not everybody is amused with flamboyant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his womanizing ways, even here in his bailiwick of Mindanao.
Tenie Mallorca, a member of Tagum Youth, was quick to dismiss Duterte.
“Hindi lahat rito [sa Mindanao]ay [boboto kay]Duterte. Hindi ko siya iboboto kasi marahas. (Not everybody here is voting for Duterte. I, for one, won’t vote for him because he is cruel),” Mallorca told The Manila Times.
“Biruin nyo ho, gusto niyang pasikipin ang sementeryo at paluwagin ang ospital. Paano naman ho tayo nun? (Imagine, he wants to pack the cemeteries and expand hospitals. What would happen to us in that scenario?),” Mallorca added.
Mallorca, who was among the audience who came here to see Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel Roxas 2nd, was referring to Duterte’s threat of killing suspected criminals that funeral parlors would have a field day.
Lynith Roxas, a mother, who also came to see and talk to Roxas, also nixed the tough-talking Duterte in a heartbeat.
“Mabigat ang loob ko sa kanya [Duterte] (I feel cross with him [Duterte]),” Roxas added. She is not related to the LP standard bearer.
Mallorca’s friend, Louie Jay Buya, also of Tagum Youth, noted that Duterte hardly talks about programs that help the poor.
“Duterte? ‘Di naman tumitingin sa mahirap. Katulad nito, nagpunta ang kandidato kasi para malaman niya paano mapapalago ang negosyo para makinabang ang mahihirap. (Duterte? He hardly looks at us poor. Here, a candidate has paid a visit because he wants to know how the business prosper so we can benefit from it too),” Buya said.
Erlinda Salucot, a mother of four children, agreed with Buya.
Salucot claimed that Duterte has already gone on record that he will remove the Conditional Cash Transfer program, a scheme that grants a monthly cash allowance of around P1,400 to each of the poorest of the poor households provided that they comply with conditions promoting human development goals.
The program is locally known as Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program or 4Ps.
“Kung wala iyon, paano na? (Without that, what would happen to us?),” Salucot added.