Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte broke anew his promise to stop cursing, hurling his favorite cussword at the direction of Mar Roxas coupled with a warning he would go physical if the Liberal Party presidential candidate reacts with anger.
I will spank him if he gets angry, Duterte said in his speech at a Thanksgiving Dinner for businessmen hosted by the Taguig City government on Friday night held at a mall in Taguig City.
If we meet in some corner on the campaign trail, I will slap that idiot, said Duterte.
He punctuated his warning with the same cussword that he earlier dished in cursing the monstrous traffic jams in Manila during the visit of Pope Francis.
Roxas took center stage in Duterte’s speech in the home city of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, his vice president under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP), for his criticism of the Davao City Mayor this week.
Duterte opened himself to a barrage of verbal fire from rivals after earlier admitting his womanizing in a radio interview. He also raised a furor over his vow to replicate nationwide if elected President his iron-fist anti-crime policy that would include the revival of the death penalty.
Duterte has been accused by human rights groups as behind the shadowy anti-crime vigilante group Davao Death Squad said to be behind the summary executions of hundreds of criminals in Davao City.
At a forum in Ateneo de Manila, Roxas accused Duterte of human rights violations and twitted as a myth claims that Davao City is one of the most peaceful cities in the world.
In reaction and going tit-for-tat against Roxas, Duterte said he finds it strange that Roxas is accusing him of human rights violations.
When I was helping Roxas during the elections, I wasn’t called human rights violator. I am now that that we are facing each other in the upcoming elections, Duterte said.
Duterte and his local party Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod supported Roxas, then the running mate of victorious President Benigno Aquino under the Liberal Party, in the 2010 elections. Roxas lost to now Vice President Jejomar Binay in the race.
“Maybe he was right. I am trying to believe because the person talking is a political myth,” said Duterte in sarcasm in response to Roxas claim that the peace and order in Davao City is a myth.
Duterte’s blast at Roxas may no longer be necessary, the candidate of President Aquino being not a threat to his presidential bid.
In the latest survey for presidential preference of the Social Weather Station (SWS) covering MetroManila, Duterte landed at the top with 38 percent, with independent Senator Grace Poe, front runner in previous surveys, and Vice President Jejomar BInay of the opposition Nationalist Alliance (UNA), sharing the second spot with 21 %. Roxas,the consistent cellar dweller in past surveys, was at fourth with an emaciated 15%.
But Roxas’ recent criticism called for a response from the tough-talking Duterte.
Duterte’s cursing at Roxas is the latest violation of a promise he made before Catholic Church leaders in Davao that he would stop spewing out invectives and to pay a fine of P1,000 to a church relief agency every time he dishes out F-words.
Duterte earlier raised a howl after dishing out a “p….tang-ina,” (son-of-a-bitch), his favorite cussword, as he, during a television interview, cursed traffic jams during the visit of Pope Francis in January.
The public, particularly the Catholics, read his curse as directed at the Pope.
Duterte would appease public anger by explaining he was hitting the Aquino government, and not the Pope, with his curse, and by apologizing for his dirty language.