Davao City Mayor Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas had a rare, friendly encounter this Sunday, April 24, during a commercial break of the 3rd PiliPinas Debates 2016 in Pangasinan. Apparently, the unexpected Duterte-Roxas meeting became more awkward because they met near a portalet. Watch the video below.
The rare friendly meeting was captured on video and was uploaded on Facebook that day by Manila Bulletin Video Team, Supervisor Grerggy Naguit Eugenio. As you can see, Mayor Duterte is being guided towards a portalet as he arrived at the PHNMA University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City. And yes, Doris Bigornia was there, too.
As Duterte goes nearer, Mar Roxas came out from another portalet and saw him. “Basa, basa! (it’s wet!).” Roxas tells Duterte, who jokingly replied, “Ok lang, maski ihi mo.” (It’s Ok. I don’t mind even if it’s your pee.) Roxas wiped his hand, and the two presidentiables shook hands as if they have not been into several heated arguments.
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“Tumataba ka ah. Hiyang ka sa kampanya.” (You’re gaining weight. It looks like you’re enjoying the campaign).” Roxas jokingly told Duterte, with both of them sharing a very rare smile with each other. Before they separate, Duterte gave Roxas a friendly pat on his back, and the tough-talking mayor took his turn to go to the portable toilet.
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But well, this is before Duterte teased Roxas during the debate, “Bakit ka huli sa ratings?” (Why are you ast in the ratings?), with Duterte now leading the surveys. Roxas then challenged Duterte to withdraw his presidential bid if he can show proof that thousands of Davao City residents have already benefited from PhilHealth.
Nevertheless, the Duterte-Roxas friendly encounter teaches us a good lesson. Some of us might think that the two presidentiables only pretended to be friends (‘plastic’) that time. However, it reminds us that we voters should respect each other, despite having different opinions. After all, the candidate you defend don’t even know you exist. 🙂
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