Duterte feels lonely in Malacanang: Walang dumadalaw na politiko, ‘di tulad noon kay Arroyo!
Where have all the politikos gone?
President Rodrigo Duterte is surprised that Malacanang hasn’t been a bee hive as it used to be when he was a constant visitor of the Palace a decade ago.
“There seems to be an absence of political activity right now in my office,” said Duterte in a speech before members of the Phillppine Councilors League in Iloilo City.
“Nagtataka ako wala ng pumupunta doon sa Malacañan. Unlike before I used to work for (then President) Gloria Arroyo as the adviser on law and order and security.I used to go to the place — frequent the place. I work for her,” he added.
Duterte attributed his lack of politiko visitors to his limited political alliances which was largely confined within Davao where he served as city mayor for more than two decades. He took a short break from city hall from 1998 to 2001 when he served as congressman of his district. He found it boring so he never sought re-election and kept himself to being a mayor and vice mayor.
“For one maybe because practically nobody supported me. Well, sa North, Chavit (Singson) pati si Imee (Marcos). Then si Abet (Garcia) naman ng Bataan. In the Visayas, dito ni wala akong isa except ‘yung mga… Pero kung sabihin barangay captain o konsehal? Walang… Not even in the central Cebu. Wala akong isang lider doon sa barangay mismo ng tatay ko, Danao,” said Duterte.
“So in Mindanao, I only had Zubiri and… I’m not trying to amaze you with politics, I’m just telling you kung bakit. Kasi n Ah Mindanao, except for Zubiri and a lady governor which I cannot mention the name. It would not be proper. Iyon lang. And I got about 6 million majority,” he added.
The last time Malacanang was jampacked was in January 2017 when thousands of mayors and governors met him separately. He briefed them separately per region on his war on drugs and his narco-list of politiko drug protectors. He cursed and threatened to kill some of them during the meetings which was probably why most of them felt it was better to get as far away from Malacanang as possible.