Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte on Wednesday shared with the country’s top business executives and leaders a glimpse of what his presidency would look like should he be fortunate enough to get elected. Here are the 10 thing you should know about it:
1. A lot of cussing
Digong, being his usual self, cussed eight times and called everyone in government corrupt, especially trial judges and members of the Department of Justice.
2. Audience told to relax
The audience, including Ayala Corporation president Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, his brother Fernando, PLDT chair Manny V. Pangilinan, and Makati Business Club (MBC) chair Ramon del Rosario, were told by Duterte to relax. “It is a deathly silence (we have here now.) Relax, I am not the man I am portrayed to be by some,” said Duterte.
3. Ordinary man
Duterte confessed to the businessmen that he is just an ordinary man. “My grade has always been 75”, he said. He told the business community that he was willing to copy the programs of his predecessor and his rivals if they would benefit the country.
4. Audience accused of having their own mistresses
Duterte admitted being a womanizer and alleged that most of the men in the room have their own mistresses.
“I’m annulled. What am I supposed to do with my thing? Let it stand forever?”, he said.
5. Salary of policemen
Duterte said that he will double the salary of policemen who at a minimum get P14,000 a month.
Duterte said: “When a police officer [is] caught in a crossfire and fired at a civilian. I will sign, ‘Pardon is given to… I don’t mind giving pardons 5,000 a day.”
He said that he would even do it to himself. “After six years, ‘Pardon is hereby given to Rodrigo Duterte for the crime of multiple murder, signed by Rodrigo Duterte.”
7. Congress, et al. warned
Congress, Commission on Human Rights and Office of the Ombudsman were warned against stopping him.
“We have many lawyers. I still have my decency. Congress, the Human Rights Commission and the Ombudsman must not stop me because I have a task to do, a very important one for this nation, especially for the protection of women and children,” he said.
8. Violent ruler
“I slap people in public, especially erring policemen. I can even challenge them to a duel. I am a gunfighter,” he said.
The Davao City mayor, who may times pronounced he subscribed to socialism, announced for the first time during the event that he would stop the land reform program of the government since it had served only the landlords.
His priority, he said would be peace and order, education and health.