Presidential frontrunner and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte shares more details of his conversation with Senator Grace Poe when the latter called him up before she called a press conference announcing her concession.
The mayor said that Poe is gracious enough to call him up.
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"She was gracious enough to call me and said that in a few hours she'd go on TV or go on public that she's conceding," Duterte said on the television channel of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, a religious leader.
"She thanked me," he added.
Duterte revealed lines from their conversation.
"Sabi niya, 'Ikaw mayor ha. (Tinawag mo akong) Amerikano, iyung vice-president mo, tignan mo mukha niya, (mukhang) Amerikano,'" the mayor narrated.
"Maldita itong si Grace," he said jokingly.
Duterte said he accepted Poe's concession, and promised to stand for and support her advocacies.
"Since you go for the handshake, I accept it with humility. I can work with you. Paborito mo is electoral reforms, I will go for it, I will support it. Wala ho kayong problema sa akin. Consider me as your servant," he said.
The mayor also said that she can call him anytime and he will personally go to the Congress instead of Poe going to the Malacanang.
"Anytime tawagin mo ako, ako na pupunta sa Congress, huwag ka na pumunta sa Malacanang. Bad vibes ka diyan. Ilang beses ka pumunta, hindi ka talaga pumayag. Up to the last day, hindi ka talaga pumayag. Bilib ako," Duterte said, admiring Poe’s conviction despite Liberal Party Manuel “Mar” Roxas’ initiation.
Senator Grace Poe conceded shortly before midnight of May 9.
"Ako, si Grace Poe, ay nagbibigay-daan kay Rodrigo Duterte na siyang napili ng nakakarami sa ating mga kababayan," she said in a press conference.
The two have previously been in a statistical tie in a Bilang Pilipino SWS survey conducted on March 30.
Poe has three years left in the Senate.