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CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said administration senatorial bet Francis Tolentino deserves a seat in the Senate more than a sitting “kenkoy” senator.

“If there is anything more deserving, si Francis Tolentino yun. Soft spoken, mabait talaga,” he said during the proclamation rally of the PDP-Laban party’s senatorial ticket in the May polls.

“You compare his character (dun sa) yung kenvkoy ngayon diyan ngayon sa Senate. You try to compare his character,” he said.

Although he didn’t mention the name of a legislator, the chief executive later in his speech took a swipe anew at his staunch nemesis Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

In the same speech, the President told the jam-packed crowd that he can’t still hide hus frustration why the former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair fell short during his 2016 senatorial bid.

“Ako sa totoo lang hindi ako makapaniwalang natalo ‘tong taong’ to,” said Duterte.

Results of a recent survey from The Issue and Advocacy Center showed Tolentino leapfrogged beyond other well-known contenders to land in the ninth to 10th place.

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