Duterte to rivals: Let's all take psych test
Davao mayor reacts to lady Comelec commissioner: 'Screw you'
DAVAO - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the front runner in the Philippine presidential race, is open to taking a psychological test as long as all his rivals take the same test.
Duterte said he is willing to take Vice President Jejomar Binay's challenge to take a psychological test if all the presidential candidates, as well as poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon, do the same.
"Lahat kami. Why are you zeroing in on me? Lahat kami, pati si Rowena [Guanzon]. She must submit herself to a physical, mental aptitude test. Who is she? Kasi Comelec ka? Screw you," he said in an interview.
Guanzon, head of the Comelec gender and development committee, earlier scored Duterte for his controversial remarks over the rape of Australian missionary Jaqueline Hamill in Davao City in 1989.
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Guanzon said she will propose of Code of Conduct for Candidates "and will reform the election rules to emphasize gender sensitivity and gender equality."
Binay was the first to challenge Duterte to release his psychiatric report following a TV Patrol story on the mayor's annulled marriage with Elizabeth Zimmerman. The story quoted the findings of a psychiatrist who evaluated the mayor for the annulment petition: that he was suffering from "Antisocial Narcissistic Personality Disorder" or "extreme self-conceit."
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Binay said Duterte's admission that he kills criminals as well as his controversial statement on the gang rape of the Australian missionary "confirms he has a psychological disorder."
"Apparently, kahit na sa ngayon, batay sa mga pangyayari, 'yong mga tanggi rito, tanggi riyan, pag-amin ng pagpatay, pag-amin ng pag-ano sa babaeng namatay na ginahasa, talagang may...it only confirms na may psychological disorder 'tong si berdugong pumapatay ng bata at tsaka mahirap," he said.
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Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas backed Binay's call, noting that the other presidential candidates are supporting the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. "This is the best way to show support [for the FOI], not just through words but action," he said.
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Meanwhile, Duterte shrugged off accusations that his son is linked to alleged smuggling in Davao City.
"You produce even one screw, huwag muna, kahit yung baterya na lang, and I will retire today," Duterte told reporters Thursday.
He also laughed at allegations that he is backing out of the presidential race after topping the latest pre-election survey.
"E di sige, mag withdraw na lang ako," he said.
He added: "Who will do the dirty work of the people here? Life is never fair. Who will take care of those who are law abiding and God-fearing citizens? Who will protect them from the war sa drugs? Wala eh."
Perfecto Jaime Tagalog, who claims to be a former supporter of Duterte, earlier accused the mayor's son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, his (Paolo) wife January, and public relations man Lito Banayo of being in league with alleged smuggler Davidson Bangayan or David Tan.
However, upon repeated questioning by the media, Tagalog failed to draw a comprehensive and detailed picture of how the Dutertes are involved in smuggling.
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