Davao City Rodrigo Duterte said he would only debate Mar Roxas if his standings in the surveys will improve.
Liberal Party coalition and Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez said he is not surprised and said the mayor was just flip-flopping like always.
“We, along with most Filipinos, are getting used to Mayor Duterte’s urong-sulong style. He says one thing, then takes it back while offering some flimsy excuse,” the lawmaker said
Gutierrez added that Roxas was only responding to Duterte’s challenge.
“Sec. Mar took him up on it , suggesting that they have it immediately. And the Mayor, predictably, backs out. We’ve seen this before, and it’s getting old,” he said.
Duterte said he will debate with Roxas if he would improved his standing in the surveys.
“Ayoko, mayabang siya. He wants to … eh number four siya, mag-number two muna siya sa survey,” duterte said.
Gutierrez also dared Duterte to admit he is just scared of debating Roxas.
“Mayor Duterte is really like that, making up too many excuses,” he stressed. “He challenges, and then he backs out. If he’s afraid of a debate then he should just admit it.”