MANILA, Philippines – He sang, he danced to the latest pop hits, he talked about his wives and girlfriends. But, no, he said once again, he’s not running for president.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was game for all of Vice Ganda’s antics on the show “Gandang Gabi Vice” which aired on Sunday night, July 12 on ABS-CBN.
Vice, wearing a bulletproof vest at the start of the show, asked how many people the mayor has shot. Duterte said: “If I open my mouth further, I’ll go to prison.”
Duterte did not dodge controversial questions.
He explained how he has 2 wives and 3 girlfriends.
He also said that if his son was homosexual, he would still accept him for who he is. Everyone should “respect… human dignity because all humans are created by God,” Duterte said.
“(Same-sex marriage) It’s good..everyone deserves to be happy…Kahit sa mga dormitoryo noon, ayoko talaga yung mga bakla na niloloko. I was the first to give a statement sa Davao when [party list] Ladlad was denied registration,” Duterte added.
(It’s good..everyone deserves to be happy…Even in our dormitories before, I [did] not want to see the homosexuals being bullied. I was the first to give a statement sa Davao when Ladlad [party list] was denied registration. )
Davao City approved in 2012 the Anti-Discrimination ordinance where people who discriminate against another based on sex, gender, and sexual orientations can be held criminally liable.
A lawyer has petitioned the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage in the Philippines.
How about the killings?
The mayor said his tough image is all part of the job.
“Eh yung mga killer-killer dyan, it’s part of a day’s work, so trabaho lang. I want my city peaceful because that’s what I’m paid for. To enforce the law and make the city liveable. There are things that I have to do because nobody will do it for us. Hanggang dyan lang ako.” (My killer image, it’s part of a day’s work, it’s just my job. I want my city peaceful because that’s what I’m paid for. To enforce the law and make the city liveable. There are things that I have to do because nobody will do it for us. My job ends there.)
Davao was recently ranked as 5th safest city in the world, according to Numbeo.com, the same website which ranked the city 9th earlier this year.
Duterte said that he’s not afraid of criminals: “Takot ako, in the sense na baka maunahan ka, dapat mauna ka palagi. Hindi ako takot mamatay. If it’s your time, it’s your time.” (I fear that they get to me first. You should always stay ahead of them. I do not fear death but if it is your time, then it is your time.)
The controversial mayor appeared on the popular show barely 3 weeks after he met with top CEOs in Makati where he declared he was not running for president. (READ: Duterte: I am not running for president)
Recent public opinion surveys for the 2016 polls put him on the top 3 choices of Filipinos for president.
Vice asked the mayor about a possible presidential run.
Duterte, again, rejected the idea, saying the presidency does not appeal to him.
Family and gay marriage
Duterte said he accepted Vice’s invite since he loves the show. “Favorite show ko kasi ito – yung iyo kasi natatawa ako, kung di ako bilib sa ‘yo wala ako dito… I shun publicity, buti dito, kasi nakakatuwa…you make people happy,” Duterte said. (This is my favorite show. I enjoy watching it, if I did not believe in you, I would not here…I shun publicity. But your show is fun… you make people happy.)
He obliged when Vice asked him to dance. On stage, he danced to Silento’s Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) and Brandon Beal’s “Twerk It Like Miley.”
Vice asked for Duterte’s opinion on Senator Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Secretary of Interior and Local Goverment Mar Roxas as contenders for president.
Duterte said “they were all good,” but that he would rather not endorse anyone as they were all his friends.
On the other hand, the mayor was shown photos of retired Commission on Human Rights chief Loreta Ann Rosales, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and former president Gloria Macagapal-Arroyo.
The 70-year-old mayor noted that he worked with Rosales in the 11th Congress. Arroyo, he said, was a good president based on her economic policies.
Duterte then looked at De Lima’s photo. “Ito naman in the center (photo), she seems to be looking at me intently. We went to the same school, San Beda..(kung naging classmates kami) magpa-transfer ako ng ibang classroom.”
(If we had been classmates, I would have transferred classrooms.)
De Lima and Duterte have been in a word war since De Lima said the mayor’s remarks on the Davao Death Squad were “disturbing” and that he should be held accountable if he was involved in extra-judicial killings in his city. – Vincent Bascos/Rappler.com