PAGADIAN CITY – Supporters and admirers on Monday pledged their support and loyalty to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte by “helping him fulfill his destiny as the next president of the Republic of the Philippines”. While Duterte stood helplessly to witness the solemn moment, everyone who was inside the venue in the federalism forum raised their hands and recited the pledge of support from copies distributed individually by the local organizing committee of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Committee.
“I…a peace and freedom loving Filipino citizen, fully aware of the contemporary problems of our country, strongly believe that true and genuine change must effected in order to address our problems on criminalities, drug trafficking, insurgency, poverty and moral decay,” the pledge noted.
Even the waiters who served the food inside the Pinoy Grill restaurant paused from their duties, raised their right hands and recited the pledge.
The pledge of support for Duterte’s presidential bid culminated the forum on April 27, an activity that had to be rescheduled after bad weather aborted the mayor’s first visit last Jan. 26.
Duterte still fended off the calls for a presidential run that seemed to have fallen on deaf ears as his audience lapped up every pronouncement he made on major issues and policies if he were the president.
He already discussed these in previous forums: no more taxes for those earning P25,000 and less, declaring a revolutionary government, abolition of Congress, increase in the salaries of teachers, policemen and soldiers and restoring the death penalty.
— GMA News Breaking (@gmanewsbreaking) May 2, 2016