Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte attended a transparency forum at the University of the Philippines’ Los Baños campus on Friday, March 11 and drew mixed reactions from his audience.
Supporters flocked to the Davao City mayor, but students reacted differently.
Pia Ranada reports.
PIA RANADA, REPORTING: For Rody Duterte, it’s another day of converting voters to believers.
He attends a governance and transparency forum in University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Unlike campaign sorties, not all members of the audience are die-hard Duterte fans.
In fact, 18-year-old Steph Pablo is voting for Miriam Defensor Santiago.
She has reasons for not liking Duterte.
This is the same forum where Jejomar Binay was roasted by UPLB students.
How will Duterte fare?
Students mob Duterte as he enters the venue.
His speech is studded with curse words and forceful declarations on his platform.
He’s good at making the audience laugh.
But during the question and answer portion, his responses are long and winding as one student points out.
The lack of time cuts the question and answer portion short to the student’s dismay.
So are the students convinced?
With the limited days left to the campaign season, Duterte needs to get his point across before time runs out.
Pia Ranada, Rappler, Los Baños. – Rappler.com
Editor’s note: One of our readers, a student, was attacked by netizens who claim to be supporters of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte because our video report allowed them to assume he was the student who questioned Duterte. When he brought it to our attention, we re-edited the video to remove his video cutaway.
We apologize for the circumstances this created for him. Since then, netizens scoured the web, found and attacked the student who actually asked Duterte the question. They’ve gone beyond harassment, issued threats, and many are breaking the law.
No one deserves to be bullied for exercising their freedom to speak in a public forum. We condemn the witch hunt, bullying, and threats that the students are being subjected to. While supporters may have different views and opinions from one another, no one deserves to have their life and security threatened. Instead, we would like to encourage supporters of all the candidates to focus on issues instead of resorting to low blows like bullying and threatening another human being which is a crime.
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