No to Mar: Duterte to Support Binay if DQ’d
Published December 18, 2015 8:40pm
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is going to support Vice President Jejomar Binay if he is disqualified from the presidential race.
The tough-talking local executive made the pronouncement in a snippet from Mike Enriquez’ interview with Duterte for GMA-7’s “Imbestigador” aired on “24 Oras” on Friday.
Duterte said he would support Binay because he could not support administration bet Mar Roxas.
When asked if he had talked to the Vice President about this, Duterte replied, “Wala.”
While the Commission on Elections has accepted his substitution as presidential candidate for PDP-Laban, a disqualification case against Duterte remains pending before the poll body.
Once good friends with Roxas, Duterte said his children got mad at the camp of the Liberal Party bet for allegedly spreading rumors that he has cancer.
“Pati anak ko galit na so mag-away na kami ng mga anak ko. Galit sila kay Mar because of that kasi nanay nila eh. It was not necessary for them to tickle on because had they studied the matter very carefully, the truth is it was really my wife [who has cancer],” Duterte said.
Duterte’s ex-wife suffered from throat cancer, which has evolved to stage 3 breast cancer.
Duterte also said that those who spread the rumors obtained papers and hospital records, which he pointed out is a violation of the law.
“Nagtanong-tanong kami, galing kay Mar na kampo. So iyong mga tao nagtatanong na, started to ask questions sinong na-ospital, bakit ganoon. So we had to tell the truth. Tinatago namin ang asawa ko ang may cancer of the throat ngayon bumaba siya [pointing chest area] third stage cancer,” he also said.
Roxas has previously denied that his camp was behind the cancer rumors.
However, Roxas’ spokesperson Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez commented that his desire to support Binay shows that Duterte is not really against corruption.
Last October, the Ombudsman indicted Binay for graft over the allegedly overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.
The Binay camp has repeatedly denied allegations of corruption against the vice president. —Trisha Macas/JST, GMA News