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'Who are we to say no to him,' Gov. Mercado on Duterte run
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on March 23, 2016, 7:50 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ
March 22, 2016

MAASIN CITY -- Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado, a member of the Liberal Party (LP), stopped short of endorsing the presidential bid of his "fellow Maasinhon" Rodrigo Duterte, who came home to his hometown for a campaign sortie on March 22.

"Please I have an announcement to all and sundry, we cannot disassociate ourselves in terms of culture, blood, and relationship. Here is a person who claims and is very proud to claim that he was born in Maasin, Southern Leyte. Who are we to say no to him?" said Mercado as he settled across Mayor Duterte, who arrived several minutes ahead of the governor. The mayor was set to leave when Mercado arrived.

Mercado ended with "Mayor, we are proud of you as a Southern Leyteño. We will pray hard that you will become the president of this country."

When a reporter asked Mercado if it was an endorsement, Mayor Duterte stopped him saying, “I respect their position. I have been in politics for several years. I visited the LP governor to pay respects, no impositions."

"Ako, kung may sobra, akin na lang,” he joked. All I can say from Southern Leyte: "Huwag akong dayain. Kung talo ako, talo.”

Mercado, who is running for Congressman said he won't be able to stop fellow Southern Leyteños who choose to vote for Duterte instead.

Earlier, at his courtesy call on Bishop Precioso Cantillas, he was presented with a copy of his baptismal certificate. Duterte was born in Maasin, Southern Leyte on March 28, 1945. He apologized to the bishop for cursing the Pope to which Cantillas said “I understand you.”

In May last year, Duterte attended the Roa clan reunion in Laboon village where he met his relatives on his mother side and his four classmates in grade one at Laboon Elementary school.

The mayor’s classmates, whom he promised to come to Davao, went to the city weeks after his visit. They said they were like real tourists only that they never spent a single centavo complete with tour guide and allowances.


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