Duterte tells governors: Friend or foe, don’t be afraid to talk to me, I left all my personal sentiments when I went to Malacanang.
President Rodrigo Duterte told members of the League of Provinces of the Philippines that he left his personal sentiments and grudges as Davao City mayor once he stepped into Malacanang in 2016.
“‘Yun ang assure ko sa’yo. I have nothing politically but alam mo may distansya ‘yung iba, because some are friends, some are not. But it doesn’t mean to say that I will carry my sentiments dito sa presidency,” said Duterte in a speech.
Some politikos are wary of approaching Duterte who they believe does not like working with people he does not like. Duterte started his administration by scolding governors and mayors in separate closed-door sessions in Malacanang where he threatened to kill them if he caught them facilitating illegal drugs in their turfs.
“Please disabuse your mind about that. If there’s something na may dynamics, may sama ako ng loob, akin ‘yon. And I will show it to you when I was — when I’m — when I’m a civilian but never as a President na mag-ano ako na… I will not do that,” he said.
“And to assure you, basta in the performance of your duty. Kami ni (Interior) Secretary (Eduardo) Año, we have agreed na kagaya ng pulis pati military, for as long as it is within their scope and accordance with law, I will defend them,” he added.