Duterte not surprised LP stalwarts jump to his side

Subscribe Now November 30, 2015 at 07:41am

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed no shock amid reports that several members of the Liberal Party (LP) in the south have switched allegiance to support his presidential bid.

Speaking on his radio show, Duterte said the supposed political crossover reflects the strong political unity of Region 11.

"It is a reflection of the situation there. Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Compostella Valley, Davao Occidental, Davao City used to be one big political unit... Region 11 used to be a part of Davao province [na] ang capital [ay] Davao City. So it does not really surprise me," Duterte said.

Duterte went on to compare Davao's regional unity to the relationship of Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces.

The mayor referred to the metro as "one big place where opinions are made and followed." Prevalent trends and opinions from the National Capital Region eventually trickle to neighboring areas, he said.

Among those who reportedly abandoned the camp of LP standard bearer Mar Roxas were former Tagum City mayor Rey Uy and congressional candidate Antonio "Tonyboy" Floirendo Jr.

Duterte added that he is incapable of offering political machinery or financial support to the LP officials who shifted to his camp.

He revealed that come December or January, he would have to search for means to fund his own poll campaign. Duterte was also quick to add that he will not accept money in exchange of future favors.

Duterte on Friday filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president Friday, shortly after withdrawing his mayoral bid in Davao City.

Duterte filed his COC days after he announced his intent to seek the country's top post in the 2016 polls.

Duterte is replacing Martin Diño, who withdrew his candidacy for president under the PDP-Laban after supposedly being hurt by the poll body's motu proprio decision to declare him a nuisance candidate.

Political parties have until December 10 to name substitute candidates.

Diño's candidacy, however, is under question since his COC indicates he is running for Pasay City mayor. Duterte, meanwhile, filed his COC for Davao City mayor as candidate of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, despite being a member of the PDP-Laban.

Source: abs-cbnnews.com

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