- Mar Roxas hits back at Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Jejomar Binay
- He says illegal drugs rife in Davao and Makati, says he even knows where to buy them
- He calls on rivals to stop peddling lies to the public about their track records
MANILA, Philippines – The first presidential debate may be over, but that hasn’t stopped Mar Roxas from throwing shade at his rivals Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Jejomar Binay.
In a post-debate interview, a plucky Roxas again cited Davao City as having the fourth highest incidence in crimes and said he even knows where to buy illegal drugs in the city.
“Ngayon lang, gusto mo samahan kita eh, makabili tayo ng droga sa Davao. Eh kung supposed to be kaya niyang gawin iyun bat di pa nangyayari ‘yan?” the Philippine Star quoted him as saying, in response to a question whether Duterte can definitely get rid of crime and corruption within three to six months as he promised.
[Even now, I can accompany you, we can buy drugs in Davao. If he’s supposed to be capable of doing what he said, why hasn’t he accomplished it now?]
Roxas also turned his attention towards Binay with the same spiel.
“Ganyan din sa Makati. May droga ngayon sa Makati, pwede tayong bumili ng shabu, pwede tayong bumili ng cocaine, pwede tayong bumili ng heroin, alam ko yan,” he said.
[It’s also like that in Makati. There are drugs now in Makati, we can buy shabu, we can buy cocaine, we can buy heroin, I know about that.]
In the end, Roxas called on his two rivals to stop peddling lies and half-truths to the public.
“Karapat-dapat lang sa ating mga kababayan ang isang seryosong, makubuluhang, at magagawang mga programa dahil hindi to patutsada or linya lang. Ang buhay ng isang daang milyong Filipino ay nakasalalay dito,” he said.
[Our countrymen deserve programs which are serious, meaningful and doable because this is not about throwing tirades or lines. The lives of 100 million Filipinos are at stake here.]