Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas is the “most incompetent Filipino ever to aspire for the presidency.”
“Mar, he’s relatively new. I’ve been a mayor of Davao City for 22 years. I have consistently won the most peaceful city, the best police department,” Duterte told reporters.
Mayor Duterte added that Roxas statement questioning the achievements of Davao City “confuses” him because in September, Roxas himself give the award to the city a Seal of Good Local Governance.
“A month earlier, before the [filing] of candidacy, he gave me a plaque of recognition, an award, for the city of Davao, the best police department,” said Duterte.
In June and September that year, the Davao City Police Office was also recognized as “outstanding” while its anti-illegal drugs task force was named the country’s best.
The Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte constrasted his achievements to Roxas.
“He was there from one position, DTI, then during the time of Estrada, he was there. It made no difference to our country. In Arroyo’s time, he made not even a dent. And during the Aquino [administration], he was irrelevant,” said Duterte.
Mayor Duterte also brought up Roxas perfomance during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.
He recalled seeing Roxas in a police station in Leyte,meeting with Dinky Soliman and other officials while 3 corpses of police officers were rotting near the gate outside.
“We were smelling the stink here. He was there inside talking, talking nonsense. He was talking to Dinky, he was talking to the police, he was talking to the general. Nagdada-dialogue lang siya doon (He was just having a dialogue there) instead of going out, he was there all the time,” said Duterte.
“He could not have had an accurate reading of what was really happening because he was there inside. Hindi ka maglilibot (You won’t make the rounds outside). He is the most incompetent Filipino ever to aspire for the presidency,” he concluded.