Duterte, Cayetano won't change campaign strategy

Doris Bigornia, ABS-CBN News

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano

MANILA - Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, the running mate of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, on Tuesday said there is no need to change their campaign strategy despite the barrage of criticisms the presidential aspirant has been getting over his controversial remarks about an Australian rape victim.

According to Cayetano, they continue to talk to the people.

Their platform of government, he said, is getting across, as seen in the steady increase of their numbers in latest voter-preference surveys.

In the latest ABS-CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia, Duterte kept the lead with 32%, 7-percentage points ahead of erstwhile frontrunner Senator Grace Poe.

READ: Duterte extends lead in latest ABS-CBN survey

The survey, however, was conducted from April 5 to 10, around a week before the tough-talking mayor was heavily criticized for making light of an Australian missionary's rape and murder in his city in 1989.

Cayetano stressed that Duterte has already issued an apology over his "joke."

But Cayetano maintained that while Duterte is sorry for his remarks which have offended some people, he is unapologetic on how he deals with drugs and criminality.

"I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally. There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims of this horrible crime. Sometimes my mouth can get the better of me. However, I will not apologize for the things I've done to protect our people, especially the weak and defenseless, from crime," Duterte said in a statement.

Duterte's running mate said it is deplorable how the other presidential candidates have pounced on the issue, condemning the remarks of the PDP-Laban standard bearer but allegedly keeping silent on how the mayor resolved the rape-murder case.

Cayetano said they expect more attacks against them as their numbers continue to soar.

"Mas gumagrabe," he said. "So we're asking the people to discern kung ano ang totoo sa mga lumalabas."

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