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Duterte reveals Bello ‘recycled’ toothbrush as student: Isa lang panlinis ng sapatos, ngipin!

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III may just be the epitome of an “Ilokanong Kuripot” after President Rodrigo Duterte revealed how thrifty he was back in college.

In a speech before the Filipino community in Israel, Duterte claimed Bello used the same toothbrush to clean his shoes and teeth when they were staying at the same dormitory.

“Hinuhugasan niya ‘yung rubber shoes niya. [laughter] Tapos, mahilig sa basketball eh… Ginamit ko ‘yung sabon ko, hilamos na ako. Swoooooosh. Tapos sabi niya, pahiram ha sabon mo. Alam mong ginawa…? Ay hindi, hindi pala, toothpaste,” he said, drawing laughter from the audience.

“Pagkatapos, kuha siya ng toothpaste niya, ‘pahiram ha.’ Ginanun niya sa tubig. Pahiram. Eh di ako, ‘sige’. Kuha siya. Lagay niya doon sa toothpaste niya ‘yung ginamit niya sa sapatos niya,” Duterte added.

The President described Bello, who was in the audience, as “too bright.”

Before leaving for Israel Sunday (September 2), Duterte said Bello had plans to run for senator in 2019.