- Amid chidings, Senator-elect Juan Miguel Zubiri gallantly defended incoming president Rodrigo Duterte against critic
- He said: “I’d rather have a foul-mouthed mayor as president [who’s] effective in governance than a sweet-talking, eloquent politician who is nothing but corrupt and incompetent”
- Zubiri would also like to thank the mayor for the votes he got from Mindanao
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With president-elect Rodrigo Duterte in hot water again for several incidents: first for catcalling GMA-7 news reporter Mariz Umali in a press conference held in Davao City last June 1, Wednesday, and second for cursing the media – and this is apart from bad mouthing the Catholic Church and just recently, the United Nations; returning Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, amidst all criticisms, demonstrated his unwavering support to the tough-talking ‘president’.
In an ambush interview by Inquirer.net to Zubiri, who was at a gym in Davao City after meeting with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Rody Duterte’s executive assistant Bong Go, he defended the mayor by saying:
“People should understand that this president is really like that. As a mayor, siga sya [he’s a tough guy]. That’s how he is.”
And then he went on to say that he would rather choose to have a brutish president who delivers, than an articulate but rather inefficient and corrupt leader. He said:
“I’d rather have a foul-mouthed mayor as president [who’s] effective in governance than a sweet-talking, eloquent politician who is nothing but corrupt and incompetent,”
“I’d have this guy any day.” he added.
Zubiri said he would also like to thank the mayor for the votes he got from Mindanao.
Meanwhile, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to be more ‘presidential’ when he assumes the highest position in the country. While he admitted he is a rude person, Duterte told reporters in a press conference on Thursday that he is merely enjoying the last days of being a ‘rude person’.
He promised to undergo a metamorphosis when he is officially President of the Philippines.
“I’m telling you how I’m going to behave. There’s going to be a metamorphosis. Suddenly from a caterpillar, it blossoms into a butterfly.”
Having said that, we’ll just have to wait and see the 16th President of the Philippines’ ‘transformation’.
Watch Miguel Zubiri’s interview with Inquirer.net below: