PRESIDENTIAL candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he regrets his statement on the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) during the proclamation rally was taken out of context.
In a statement, media bureau head Peter Laviña said the mayor was merely asking to give him a chance to invite capital and help develop economic zones that will create jobs.
“When Duterte launched the ‘Invest in Davao’ in 1992, his parameters where clear - invest for as long as you do not exploit our children, women, labor and environment,” he explained.
Laviña was anchor officer of Invest in Davao Project of the then newly re-elected Duterte.
“Duterte is a lawyer and is fully aware of the labor's right organize, freely redress their grievances and have a share of the fruits of their toil,” Laviña added.
The Davao-based presidential candidate has maintained close political ties with activists and Leftist leaders in Davao City.
In the 1992 elections, he included in his line-up the late labor leader Erasto "Nonoy" Librado, then secretary general of Kilusang Mayo Uno.
Librado won a seat in the City Council in Davao but died of cerebral aneurism less than two months after taking his oath of office.
Duterte’s erstwhile political party LakasngDabaw replaced the labor leader with his wife Marlyn Librado who went on to served 2 more 3-year terms.
Marlyn was replaced by daughter Angela Librado (now Trinidad), a lawyer.
Angela said Duterte told her there is nothing to worry about his statement.
Angela is now the barangay chair of Matina, one of the biggest barangays of Davao, after completing here 3 consecutive 3-year terms as city councilor.
Her younger sister Leah Librado-Yap, also a lawyer, is now also a city councilor.
Both were in Tondo, Manila on Tuesday to lend support to Duterte. (BOT)