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Everybody lies! Honesty not an issue for candidates, Mayor Sara says

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte believed that members of the Otso Diretso senatorial slate have no moral ascendency to talk about the value of honesty because they were allegedly spreading lies.

Duterte made the statement amid media queries on the questionable college degrees of administration senatorial bet and incumbent Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos.

“So sabi ko sa kanilang lahat, walang isang kandidato diyan na hindi nagsisinungaling kaya hindi dapat nagiging issue ang honesty ngayon,” Duterte told reporters.

“So ano na gagawin natin sa kanila? Kasi ang sabi nila, the issue is not about college degree but honesty,” Duterte further elaborate.

Following Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) proclamation rally in Parañaque City last Wednesday, the Presidential daughter was irked by questions about allegations made by Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano that administration senatorial candidate Bong Go used government funds for his campaign t-shirts which were distributed during the national assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas last month.

“Yan yung sinasabi ko kagabi pa na kinukwestyon nila yung isang candidate na sinusuportahan ng HNP about honesty. So what shall we do about Alejano who is lying and who is guilty about his dishonesty,” the Davao City mayor said.

“So lahat sila sinungaling. Lahat ng tao sa mundong ito, sinungaling,” Mayor Sara added.

Mayor Duterte also stressed that Otso Diretso candidates are “deliberately” issuing false statements on stage to discredit the administration of his father, President Rodrigo Duterte and their allies for their own political gains.

Duterte, chairperson and chief campaign manager of HNP defended re-electionist Senators Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar following criticisms made by opposition candidates Erin Tañada and Romulo Macalintal over the administration candidates support for the Tax Reform Inclusion and Acceleration (TRAIN) Law—which is being blamed by critics as the cause of last year’s record-high inflation spike.

“Ano gagawin natin sa kanila na they deliberately say false statements on stage about and against the administration of President Duterte,” said the Davao City mayor.

On Tuesday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that inflation rate last February dropped to 3.8 percent.

“Ang dami dami nilang sinasabi about the administration of President Duterte which are untrue. So, that also reflects on their honesty and credibility,” said Mayor Duterte.

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