SYDNEY, Australia (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Up until last week, almost no one outside of the Philippines knew who Rodrigo Duterte was. He is, of course, the mayor of Davao City, who is running for his country’s presidency in the upcoming May 9 national elections.
But thanks to the power of the Internet, Duterte is now one of the most popular politicians worldwide. Even mainstream media in Australia, Europe and North America are paying very close attention.
But the tough-talking, foul-mouthed Filipino politician is becoming the talk of the world for all the wrong reasons. It was his comments making light of rapeand murder that’s giving him the spotlight, and he is unapologetic about it. In those comments, he joked that he was mad that a beautiful female Australian missionary was repeatedly raped by many men before being killed. He was mad because he believed that the mayor should have been first in line.
The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Time magazine is already considering naming Duterte as 2016 Person of the Year. His only competition for the honor so far are the Filipino fanatics who overwhelmingly support his candidacy, and, of course, Donald Trump.
Once again, the Philippines is front and center on the world stage — outside of boxing and beauty pageants, that is — thanks to the mayor.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Realizing that his chances to win the presidency of the Philippines is getting slimmer by the day, Liberal Party and Aquino administration candidate Mar Roxas has thrown in the towel and endorsed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Dueterte.
In a speech before supporters, the former Interior Secretary was all praises for Duterte, commending the latter’s governance of Davao City as well as his views on federalism.
“The time has come for us to come together as a people and unite behind the candidate most qualified take our nation to greater heights,” Roxas said, as he took off his familiar yellow t-shirt and donned a striped one, signifying his endorsement for Duterte.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It is THE endorsement that every Philippine presidential and vice presidential candidate has been hoping for. The endorsement from AlDub, the noon-time TV show phenomenon and love team of Alden Richards and Mae Mendoza. With their millions of fans and their tweet world record, such an endorsement could all but determine the next president and vice president.
Well, that time has come. AlDub has officially endorsed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bongbong Marcos, both of whom have sealed their first-place finish in the latest national polls.
The AlDuB nation — members of the Alyansang Duterte at Bongbong — couldn’t be happier with the latest polls.
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