Duterte on Roxas: ‘I don’t debate with a liar and tail-ender’

Editha Caduaya
Roxas shouldn't rush the debate, Duterte says, but indicates he's not very keen on the administration presidential candidate

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – “I don’t debate with a liar and tail-ender,” Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterted declared Saturday, December 19.

This was his response to administration presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II who said that he (Roxas) was willing to get into a debate “anytime.”

Duterte on Wednesday, December 16, said he was willing to debate with other presidential bets once the official campaign period begins. Roxas accepted the challenge on Friday, December 18, saying he wasn’t going to back down from a debate with other presidential aspirants. 

Debate among presidential candidates is encouraged to let voters better understand their platforms, and stand on issues.

Reacting to Roxas’ quick response, Duterte told Rappler, “Huwag siyang masyadong magmadali (He shouldn’t rush this). Besides, I don’t debate with a liar and tail-ender.”

Duterte toned down his attacks against Roxas after former president Fidel Ramos asked presidential candidates to act like world-class leaders

Saying he had a high amount of respect for the former Philippine leader, Duterte declared, “Ako (me), I’m just a graduate of a public elementary school, because we are poor, hindi ako pang world-class (I’m not world-class) but I listen to the wisdom and advice of (former) President Ramos.” 

“I listen to the leaders of the country. It is enough that I know Mar cannot handle stress,” he added.

Duterte and Roxas earlier figured in a verbal tussle and potential slapping war after Roxas tagged as a “myth” Davao City’s claim to being the “safest city” in the country. Duterte fired back by saying that Roxas’ degree at Wharton was a myth as well.

But an independent fact-check by Rappler with Wharton in mid-September showed that “Manuel Araneta Roxas II” graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, under the “Wharton Undergraduate” division. Wharton School is the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)’s business school.

Roxas ranked fourth in a late November Social Weather Stations survey commissioned by the Duterte camp. Duterte topped that poll commissioned by Davao City businessman William Lima. – Rappler.com