HIGHLIGHT: Administration bet Mar Roxas, also former interior secretary, lectures Duterte on being a gentleman is in his sortie at a Mindanao province. He takes a swipe at perceived profanity of current poll leader Duterte, after the latter also cursed at the lady governor of North Cotabato where the bloody dispersal of farmers happened.
Liberal Party standard bearer went no holds barred and taught former friend Davao City Mayor and now rival, Rody Duterte lessons on being a true gentleman.
“Ang tunay na lalaki, hindi maingay. Ang tunay na lalaki, hindi tawag-pansin. Ang tunay na lalaki, may respeto. Ang tunay na lalaki, kilala ang kanyang limitasyon. (A real man is not loud. A real man does not call attention to himself. A real man knows his limitation.)"
The admin bet lambasted Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte in front of media and local officials during Roxas' campaign in Misamis Oriental -said to be a Duterte stronghold, who is a Mindanaoan.
“Patuloy ang pambabastos mo, pagmumura mo sa iba’t ibang hanay ng ating lipunan, kasama na ang mga kababaihan, ang mga LGBT, at ang iyong mga katunggali. Wala kang respeto kahit kanino. (You continue to curse at every groups in society, including women, LGBT, and your rivals. You don't have respect for anyone.) ” Roxas said.
For calling him and the government, gay, Roxas also taunted Duterte for what seemed a "limited vocabulary."
“Nung isang araw, tawag mo sakin, bayot. Kahapon naman, tawag mo sa amin, sa gobyernong ito, bakla. Eh di ba tinranslate mo lang sa tagalog ‘yung bisaya? Hanggang diyan nalang ba ang bokabyularyo mo? Wala ka na bang maisip na ibang salita,? (The other day, you called me gay [in dialect]. Yesterday you called us, this government, gay [in Tagalog]. You just translated to Tagalog the Visayan word? Is that how far your vocabulary goes? Can't you think of another word?”
After the bloody disperal of hunger-stricken farmers in Kidapawan City in late March, Duterte cursed in an ambush interview aimed at the province's lady governor.
For Roxas, Duterte is a danger to democracy and warned of a Martial Law deja vu, “Talaga namang ikaw, nagrerepresent sa pinakamalaking danger na hinaharap ng ating bansa...lalagpas ka sa bangin sa pagmamaneho mo sa ating bansa, tuloy-tuloy tayo sa bangin dahil sa ego mo,
(It's really you who represents the biggest danger on the future of this country...you will cross the line in driving our country, and we will fall off the cliff because of your ego.) ”
In July last year, speculations spread that the two former friends would team up for the elections at the time Duterte declared he would not run. A photo of them also figure in an Inquirer report.
Then, Roxas was quoted, "Matagal na kaming magkaibigan ni Mayor Digong. Kapag nasa Manila siya, nagkikita kami doon. Kapag nandito ako (sa Davao), nagkikita kami, (Mayor Digong and I have been long-time friends. When he is Manila, we see each other. When I am in Davao, we also meet up)."