Watch: Duterte Speaks As His Son, Paolo Endorses Escudero Instead of Cayetano (Video)

Mayor Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte finally breaks his silence about his son’s endorsement to Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero for vice president instead of his running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. Last Thursday, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte endorsed Escudero. Watch the video interview to Mayor Rody Duterte below.

“He is the vice mayor of the city of Davao, although he is my son I cannot control him nor his politics. He is free to choose his own candidate,” Mayor Rody Duterte said in the video interview uploaded by Richard Reyes in his Facebook page this Saturday, April 2. Reyes is the station manager at DXRD Sonshine Radio in Davao City.

“It is his own politics, he is not under my keep, he is already 47 years old and as a vice mayor, it’s good for him to choose his own, good riddance,” Duterte added, noting that his son, Paolo may have another idea on what is good for the country. The tough-talking mayor however said it has no negative effect on his presidential candidacy.

In a statement, Paolo Duterte emphasized that he is not affiliated with any political party, and therefore is not bound by any group when it comes to endorsing a national candidate. Nevertheless, he said he thinks that choosing Escudero over Cayetano will not create a conflict with his father, his sister, Inday Sara Duterte and other family members.

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“I choose Sen. Chiz Escudero as my VP given that he has significantly helped the City through his infrastructure projects and scholarship programs and by contributing to the Lingap Para Sa Mahirap and the Davao House of Hope. These to me are reasons enough to choose him,” Mayor Rody Duterte’s son was quoted as saying that time.

“I think they would not take it against me as I will not bind the party to this choice. It is but my personal choice,” He added. Back in September 2015, Paolo resigned from Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, a Davao City-based political party founded by his father. That time, Duterte picked other councilors to run to vice mayor instead of Paolo.

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Mayor Rody Duterte's reaction to hs Son Vice Mayor Pulong nga nag endorso sa kandidatura ni Sen Escudero.

Posted by Richard Reyes on Friday, April 1, 2016

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During his campaign rallies, Mayor Rody Duterte keeps on saying that voters should vote for Cayetano as vice president. Otherwise, they should not also vote for him as president. As of posting, Inday Sara Duterte, Cayetano and Escudero, who is the running mate of Sen. Grace Poe, have not yet commented their side of the issue.

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