Gatchalian: Duterte a good presidentiable

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Friday, July 11, 2014


VALENZUELA City Representative Sherwin Gatchalian sees Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as a very strong presidential candidate come 2016 and a very qualified one.

In his visit to Davao City Thursday evening, Gatchalian attended a Quezon Province Liga ng mga Barangay convention in Davao where Duterte was also a guest of honor.

Gatchalian admitted that he idolizes Duterte for his strong leadership and his ways in handling the peace and order of the city. He said Duterte is highly qualified to seek the presidency if he wants to.

But in his speech during the convention, Duterte told the barangay leaders from Quezon Province what he has been saying for months now -- he is not interested on the presidency.

Duterte jested that his colorful love life would make him unfit to become president.

Duterte quickly sobered up and said he does not want to become a president with the present setup of government. He said he would revolt against the government if elected president.

He would invite all rebels to join him and abolish Congress and set up a new form of government and declare a federal system in Mindanao.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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