Duterte: Call me 'mayor'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2016 03:33 PM

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Presumptive president Davao City Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked the public to continue calling him "mayor," saying that he still feels awkward being called "President."

In his first public appearance since dominating the May 9 presidential polls, Duterte said: "Hindi naman ako nagpa-corny pero I feel very awkward hearing the word 'President.' In the first place, it is not yet time and I have to get used in being the top honcho of the Philippines."

Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte. ABS-CBN News

"I am just a worker in the government... There is no reason to give too much adulation sa akin. I do not want that kind of rapport with the Filipino people," he added.

Duterte also discouraged his supporters from forming fanatic "cults" dedicated to him, and treating him with excessive admiration.

- DZMM TeleRadyo 2016, 16 April 2016