“My impression has evolved. He’s not as bad as I thought he would be.”
The man she met was a local leader who can oversee viably, a man of quietude, and cleverness. Then again, she likewise found in him a decided toughness, one who will legitimize the utilization of power to keep up lawfulness.
“He was very personable, spoke without drama,” she added.
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“When he appeared, the first thing he said was, ‘I apologize for being late. I was with the woman who was held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf….I’m Rody.’ He impressed me that he would apologize. He shook all of our hands. We introduced ourselves as he went around the table. After shaking our hands, he asked ‘Saan ako uupo.’ He sat facing Manny Pangilinan,” Lewis told.
His first remark was to rib Pangilinan. ‘I know you are not happy with my new DENR secretary.’ “Tawanan kaming lahat,” Lewis added.
Duterte spoke for about 45 minutes. He reiterated how corruption is the biggest challenge for the Philippines. That is why, he said, he is “very careful about whom I select to serve the government,” according to Lewis.
Lewis said she was impressed by how efficiently the city of Davao has been run. Duterte was mayor for seven terms for a total of 22 years.
“I was very very amazed at how clean Davao was. Not an empty soda can, not a candy wrapper, not a cigarette butt did I see anywhere,” she said. | ROD - FNPH
Source: Manila Bulletin
Roxas chief campaigner on meeting Duterte: He was very personable, spoke without drama Reviewed by FilipiNews PH on Saturday, July 23, 2016 Rating: