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Nagkahiyaan lang! Palace: Duterte’s endorsement of Jinggoy a one-time thing

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang said President Rodrigo Duterte only raised Jinggoy Estrada’s hand in an assembly for barangay officials in Albay not to put the former senator to shame.

“Well, alam mo, from what I know from the President’s character, he does not embarrass people, especially women. Ayaw niyang mapapahiya. As he explained it, baka courtesy lang yun sa kanya,” spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a media briefing on Friday.

In yesterday’s interview with reporters in Bulacan, Duterte clarified that he was not endorsing the eldest son of former president and Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada.

According to the President, he had no choice but to call Estrada on stage because he was present in the event.

“I think I read a portion in the transcript, he said that ‘too late’ na silang (former senators Estrada and Bong Revilla and former broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad) lumapit sa kanya,” Panelo said.

“Moreover, baka feeling niya rin, hindi niyo na kailangan ng endorsement, baka manalo na kayo dahil mga dati na kayong senador, may pangalan kayo, kilala kayo ng tao, baka hindi na kailangan,” he added.

During Thursday’s proclamation rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in San Jose del Monte, Duterte announced the 11 senatorial candidates that he will support for May’s midterm elections.

They were Senators Aquilino Pimentel III, Juan Edgardo Angara, Joseph Victor Ejercito, and Cynthia Villar; former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Pia Cayetano; Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, former Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa, former presidential aide Christopher Go, former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, and folk singer Freddie Aguilar.

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