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Peksman totoo ‘yan! Duterte disarms hecklers with ‘I love you’

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With three words, President Rodrigo Duterte managed to woo the crowd over to his side after hecklers accused him of being a traitor on the first Independence Day he celebrated as Chief Executive.

Duterte emphasized his love for the country and Filipinos in his speech at the Independence Day rites in Kawit, Cavite Monday (June 12).

“We may not understand each other but at least there is a common denominator and that is love of country. Nobody but nobody can ever question sa pagmamahal ko sa bayan,” he said, drawing cheers from the audiemce.

“Mahal ko kayong lahat. Pati na ‘yung mga nag-protesta, mahal ko rin sila. Kung ayaw ninyong maniwala, basta ‘yon ang totoo,” he added.

Just before Duterte delivered his speech, rallyists started shouting: “Duterte traydor!”

The President, however, said the hecklers should be left alone.

“Let them. Our Constitution guarantee[s] freedom of press, freedom of expression,” he said.

Duterte ordered the police to deal with the protesters “peacefully” and exercise maximum tolerance.