MANILA, Philippines – Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II met with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the local official’s turf on Friday night, June 26, again fueling suspicions that it might have been election-related.
On Saturday morning, June 27, Roxas told reporters that he and his “good friend Digong Duterte” discussed golf, Davao matters, “and other topics.”
Responding to questions, Roxas said no one had to initiate the meeting, as they are friends.
“If he’s in Manila, we see each other. If I’m here, we see each other. It’s just like that; two good friends meet. We talked about golf, his child, the situation in Davao, federalism, and other topics,” he said in Filipino.
Roxas was in Tagum City to turn over 8 patrol jeeps to the local police.
Roxas is the presumptive standard-bearer of the Liberal Party, while Duterte is reported to be considering a presidential run, though he said at a recent forum with businessmen that he will not. (READ: Duterte: I am not running for president)