Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago, in an interview on May 6, names Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the ‘most dangerous’ among all the presidential candidates.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago backed her claims for naming Duterte as the most dangerous candidate with the ‘almost seditious’ declaration from Pastor (Apollo) Quiboloy of Davao City.
"Right now, his most trusted man, Pastor (Apollo) Quiboloy of Davao City has already announced that if the elections don’t turn out for Duterte, he is going to personally lead a revolution," she said.
"What kind of talk is that? That is almost seditious. And this is for a man of the cloth," she added.
The acclaimed stateswoman then proceeds to enumerate issues, including Davao City Mayor Duterte’s recent plunder case filed by vice presidential candidate Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Santiago expressly cited that unlike the public's former knowledge of Duterte as a "straight-shooting mayor" who is almost penniless, "masyadong malalim itong Duterte na ito."
The senator also denied beliefs that Duterte's deep ties with the New People's Army (NPA) would revive peace talks with the rebel group, saying that communism is an ideology and "nobody is going to pay any attention to those words.”
“The communists,” she added, “live an ideology that runs counter to the country's democratic beliefs. They will act on the basis of their own ideology, which is that government is bad, and always, government should as much as possible be given directly to the citizenry. Iba ang pananaw nila sa ating demokrasya."
The worst scenario, she said, is “that they would go out in the streets with guns, firing at people who are not with them.”
Santiago, who had previously held back her punches against Duterte whom she called a “good friend,” said the Davao mayor was a “favorite friend” of Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.
“It’s very dangerous because if people like (Sison) do not get what they want, they might resort to violence,” she said.
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