Don’t think twice about getting my help even if you’re ‘yellow’ – Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte is color blind as far as helping local government officials in getting access to funding for infrastructure and social services.
In a speech before municipal mayors Tuesday, Duterte said he that he has remained a mayor at heart and that he would continue to communicate with them like peers.
“Kung ako, I’m open. Wala akong pulitika. I do not have to please you or please your political enemy. So if you want ‘yung tulong, may problema ka, importante ‘yung bridge, ganoon, maybe you can talk to me and try to find out if I can help you,”said Duterte.
Duterte has criticized the previous administration for being politically selective in the disbursement of funds and deployment of government services, such as in the aftermath of the supertyphoon Yolanda.
Duterte said he was aware that some mayors were wary of approaching because they were not members of the ruling Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
“Huwag kayong magdadalawang-isip kasi, except for the party, PDP, I don’t know if there’s gonna be a candidate next elections from my party pero I’m beyond that. Kasi gusto kong — para hindi kayo mahiya mag-ano sa akin kasi may distansya eh, alam ko man,” said Duterte.
“Kasi sa yellow kayo (Liberal Party). Huwag na lang ‘yang yelo kasi natunaw na. Ang tawag sa Bisaya ‘yung ice is yelo eh. ‘Bata, bumili ka nga ng yelo doon’. ‘Wala na, natunaw na. Tubig na’. So punta ka sa akin, wala akong kulay except public service. So I guarantee you that,” he added.