Duterte backs 8 aspiring senators

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises hands with senatorial aspirants of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) during the PDP Laban campaign rally at the BECES Grounds in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on April 12, 2022. KARL ALONZO/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

(UPDATE) PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has urged voters to exercise good judgment in voting for leaders in the May 9, 2022 election if they want continuity in his administration’s agendas.

Speaking at the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan exit in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, ahead of the Holy Week break, Duterte vouched for his bets’ candidacies for Senator Rodante Marcoleta and Loren Legarda, former anti-corruption chief Greco Belgica, former Malacañang legal adviser Salvador Panelo, former Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr., former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, former Chief of Defense Gilbert” Gibo” Teodoro and Robinhood actor Ferdinand “Robin” Padilla.

“It would be wrong if you easily believed others. At election time, you might write the wrong names. So, let’s get it straight now. Do you still believe me? Do you still trust me? So those are my bets, “said the president.

He called Teodoro and Panelo “smart” and “brilliant”, while praising Belgica for going after “a lot of people in government”.

The Chief Executive praised Marcoleta for his resistance to the oligarchs, particularly his involvement in the House of Representatives investigation into media giant ABS-CBN.

Legarda, on the other hand, deserves to be back in the Senate because of his genuine desire to serve the country, Duterte said.

He said Estrada’s previous jail term for looting should not change the fact that he is a hard worker, while Padilla can be the voice of Muslim Filipinos in the Senate.

Roque’s expertise in international law, the president noted, can be of great benefit to the country, particularly when facing the United Nations and assured that “we will not be embarrassed [there with Roque around].”

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