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Berna’s dad was part of original rah-rah boys who urged Duterte to run in 2016

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President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that the father of newly-minted Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo Puyat was among the first few people who saw him as potent candidate for president in the 2016 elections.

In a speech, Duterte said former Executive Secretary Alberto Romulo was part of the original group of friends who urged him to run because his iron fist style was what the country needed.

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“Itong si Romulo, by the way, the father of Bernadette–people might start to ask questions–he was one of those there with Sonny (Dominguez I) urging me to run and I said I could not because wala akong pera,” Duterte said.

The 84-orld lawyer served as senator during the administrations of former Presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos and held other positions under the administrations of former Presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III.

Duterte appointed Romulo chairman and director of the board of the Development Bank of the Philipines.

Duterte appointed Romulo-Puyat as Tourism Secretary just hours after Wanda Teo announced her resignation. Romulo-Puyat was Undersecretary for the Department of Agriculture since July 2017 but she has been with the department as assistant secretary since the Arroyo administration. (With a report frm PNA)

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