LIGAO, Albay—Liberal Party presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II on Saturday dismissed the tirades of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and claimed he won’t resort to low blows and cheap gimmicks.
“I don’t have any time for that nonsense,” Roxas said in a chance interview after a campaign sortie at Ligao City Hall in Albay.
Roxas, who is on a two-day sortie in the Bicol region with his running mate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, said that he plans to improve Bicol’s connectivity with other parts of the country by fixing the Philippine National Railways and improving air and land facilities.
But LP spokesperson and Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo told The Standard said Duterte should seek to improve the country’s political discourse instead of entertaining his supposed penchant to peek at other people’s private parts.
“He is becoming pathetic. The people deserve a serious discourse of what’s going to happen under their administration if he becomes president,” Quimbo said.
“Maybe he has a penchant for looking at men’s private parts, but he should keep that to himself considering that he’s running for the highest position in the land, someone who will lead 104 million Filipinos.”
Quimbo added that Duterte is slowly “self-destructing” with all the low blows he’s doing to other candidates, adding that voters will soon discern that he’s not fit to run the country.
“He offers great entertainment value and people will realize, you know what he offers is just that. We’re not here for laughs. We’re here for the welfare of the 104 million people. He makes good fantastic entertainment [but] we’re not here to elect a comedian.”