DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Mob bosses, drug lords and illegal gambling kingpins are going all out to derail the presidential candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Dueterte, according to the mayor’s VP running mate, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
Cayetano said it is not only Duterte’s political rivals that are worried about the mayor’s candidacy, but also people whose interests would be hurt if he were victorious because of his tough stance against crime and corruption. Duterte is known for his iron-fist and extra judicial style of management as mayor of Davao City.
“When one is a clear leader, there is always the likelihood of being ganged-up (on). Apart from political opponents, no crime lords or drug lords would want him to win and hamper their illegal business,” Cayetano said.
According to Cayetano, Duterte’s popularity being evident, the challenge for the candidate and his supporters now is to “safgeguard the legal process.”
Apparently, Cayetano’s definition of “legal process” includes taking the law into one’s own hand, as Duterte is known to do.