WITH the grueling 45 day campaign over, presidential aspirant Mayor Rodrigo Duterte offered a hand of reconciliation to his presidential opponents and other candidates and “let us begin the national healing now.”
Duterte called out to all presidential aspirants Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, former Interior secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago including even Senator Antonio Trillanes, who have filed plunder charges against him, to begin the healing, saying, “the black propaganda and false accusations are just clearly part of the days’ work in an election.”
Duterte meet the press at the Duterte-Cayetano Media Center after casting his vote at Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School in Matina District, Davao City around 3:05 p.m. on Monday. Duterte was the last presidential aspirant to vote in May 9 polls.
He was happy on his way to his voting precinct although he was only able to enter Precinct 416 after supporters gathered at the school mobbed to shake hands with him. He arrived alone wearing a red checkered polo. His executive assistant and sortie manager Lawrence Christopher Go arrived first at the polling center.
Duterte is offering his hand to the four of his presidential opponents especially the past few days have been virulent for all of them. He said all of them have been ruffled terribly and hurt by the black propaganda including the “whole kitchen sink to his direction.
“Let us forget and start the healing. Let us be friends. Let us forget the travails of the elections,” he called out.
When asked if no one of his opponents wanted to accept the goodwill, Duterte said, “Fine.”
He said he has deep and abiding faith in God although he admitted, “I am a free-range believer in God.” He said he believes in the “eternal law of karma”, do good and you will be rewarded with goodness… do bad and karma takes over.
While this election is his 11th with zero defeat, Duterte refused to answer any possible victory. “I ain’t there until I am there,” he told the press, emphasizing delicadeza as it is still too early to give everybody the crisps.
Duterte said he can go down in defeat and go up in victory. “I am hopeful and I pray to God. IF he wants me there I will accept it. I will retire from public life,” he said