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Duterte praises Francis Tolentino: Mautak pero ‘di mayabang!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte regarded Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino as “unappreciated” public servant.

Duterte made the comment on Tuesday after he revealed that Tolentino is jockeying for the Senate contest in the 2019 midterm elections.

“Ito ang nanghinayang ako. You know, you know Francis as a mayor kilala ninyo. He’s a very good administrator. Iyong lahat ng disaster, from the Mayon. Was always my point man. He was my only contact from the outside. Not even Bong Go because Bong Go is overworked,” the chief executive said.

In September, Duterte designated the former chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority as his point person on typhoon “Ompong” response.

“So usually kung may mga crisis ganun, siya ‘yung nauuna. Siya ‘yung unappreciated na trabahante ng gobyerno. He’s a graduate of La Salle. Mautak ‘yan eh. Hindi lang mayabang,” he added.

The September 2018 Pulse Asia survey on the Senate race showed that Tolentino ranked 24th to 30th places, with a voting preference of 11.4 percent.