Duterte, Cayetano pitch federalism in Rizal

Duterte, Cayetano pitch federalism in Rizal
Rizal has 1.4 million registered voters

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano visit the province of Rizal in the latest leg of their election campaign.

In Rizal, the tandem highlights the advantages of federalism.

Pia Ranada reports. – Rappler.com

Vote-rich Rizal province is Rodrigo Duterte’s latest stop on the campaign trail this March.

He and running mate Alan Peter Cayetano are warmly received at the Rizal provincial capitol creating a path of screams and selfies.

The latest election survey shows Duterte ties at first place with Grace Poe and Jejomar Binay.

His favorite punchline: He is the Filipino’s last card.

RODRIGO DUTERTE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Like I said, just place me last on the list because at the end of the day, I will be the last card of the Filipino people.

Duterte and Cayetano get serious as they talk about their platform.

Federalism, they say, will usher in progress for regions outside Metro Manila.

RODRIGO DUTERTE, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: The most outstanding feature of a federal set-up is that the resources will be with the local government. If it is P100, you give P30 to the federal government you retain P70. It’s like that. Then, if you want all the officials of the local government elected, by all means. You select your prosecutor. And you would only be relying on the maturity of the Filipino people. 

ALAN PETER CAYETANO, VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: My comrades, I will be honest with you, if you have a different vice president in mind, but you will allow me one request, my request will not be to change your mind and vote for me, my request would be to vote for Mayor Duterte. I am here today to run for vice president to change the country but vice president can help but they cannot do it, but president with political will, Rody Roa Duterte can do it. 

The tandem meets former Rizal governor Casimiro Ynares Jr, patriarch of the Ynares political family

But the warm welcome does not mean an endorsement.

CASIMIRO YNARES JR, FORMER RIZAL GOVERNOR: Everyone is welcome. I am NPC. Ambassador Cojuangco has not yet made a decision so all of them are welcome.

Things heat up as Duterte bonds with the crowd.

He cracks jokes and expresses his appreciation for the ladies.

With it’s 1.4 million registered voters, Rizal is indeed a lady worth wooing.

Pia Ranada, Rappler, Antipolo City.

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