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Duterte wants Villar to support Go’s senatorial bid: Maawa ka naman!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte jokingly sought a senator’s support for Christopher “Bong” Go’s bid for Senate in the 2019 midterm elections.

“Senator Cynthia Villar, ma’am and other members of the Senate who are here. Ma’am, ‘yung kandidato ko ma’am, maawa ka naman,” Duterte said during the book launch of former President Fidel Ramos’ “Prosper Thy Neighbor” Sunday night.

Villar took the top spot in the latest senatorial poll conducted on September 15 to 23 by the Social Weather Stations.

She got a voter preference of 53 percent in the poll.

In the same speech, Duterte referred Go, his trusted aide, as “Senator.”

“Eh ito si Senator Bong — ah Go, hindi ho ito ano, he looks Chinese because the father is a Go. Mga… Sino bang taga-Batangas dito? Kababayan niyo ito — ano ito, Tesoro. Doon sa Batangas. Batangueño talaga ‘yan,” the President said.

“Kaya nag-migrate sa Davao, nag-asawa ng… But ‘yung ano nito, ang beginnings nito sa — on the Philippine side, Batangueño ito. Tesoro ang nanay nito,” he added.