DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – As the May 9 Philippine presidential elections draw closer, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte seems to be the growing target of his political rivals as well as the media. Duterte has been in front-page headlines locally and internationally in the last several days.
Duterte agreed to sit down with The Adobo Chronicles to answer the allegations and criticism hurled against him. Here is a complete transcript of the interview:
AC: Your video clip in which you joked about the serial rape and murder of an Australian missionary has been met with strong protest by the Australian government. What do you say to Australian government.
DUTERTE: Keep out, Australia, keep out!
AC: Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas has called you a “dictator” and “the biggest and gravest threat to our democracy.” What do you say to him?
DUTERTE: Keep out, Mar Roxas, keep out!
AC: The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged Catholic Filipino voters to reject your candidacy for president. What do you say to the bishops?
DUTERTE: Keep out, CBCP, keep out!
AC: Your own daughter Sara said that she was raped and was not offended by your video clip. What do you say to her?
DUTERTE: Keep out, Sara, keep out!
AC: Is there anything else you’d like to say to us, other than “keep out?”
DUTERTE: Get out, Adobo Chronicles, get out right now!
(End of transcript)