DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will be a “good leader” if he runs and wins the presidency in 2016, senatorial candidate and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said in a statement Friday.
He said Duterte has been a good friend and close to his heart, and that he and the Taclobanons appreciate the fact that the mayor immediately came to the rescue after Super Typhoon “Yolanda” flattened Tacloban City and several other areas in Eastern Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013, killing over 7,000 people and dislocating hundreds of thousands of others.
After he learned about the extent of Yolanda’s devastation in Tacloban, Duterte immediately sent over engineers, medicines and relief packages.
“I believe Mayor Duterte will be a good [President],” Romualdez told reporters.
Duterte had earlier supported Romualdez’s senatorial run as Romualdez is advocating the return of compassion in governance to improve the lives of the people especially the poor.
Duterte earlier also urged his growing number of loyalists to support Romualdez.
Romualdez, who is included in the senatorial lineup of the United Nationalist Alliance, is also being supported by presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Ferdinand Marcos and Grace Poe.