MANILA - Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte called out former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on his alleged inefficiency as leader.
Speaking before a huge crowd at the University of the Philippines Visayas in Cebu, Duterte dissed Roxas' performance and called him a pretentious leader.
"You are claiming credit which is not yours," Duterte told Roxas about drug busts in Davao.
"Ang mahirap sa 'yo, Mar, you are always a pretentious leader."
For his part, Roxas said Duterte has not always been truthful with his allegations.
"Ang hirap sa 'yo, Digong, hindi mo sinasabi ang totoo," Roxas told Duterte.
"Hindi yan pagiging pretentious. nangyari 'yan, nasa dyaryo 'yan. Totoong nahuli 'yung mga gumagawa ng droga. "
To which Duterte replied: "Hindi dyaryo 'yun, tabloid 'yun."
The word war between the two candidates started after journalist Ed Lingao asked Duterte how he could curb criminality in the entire country in just six months when a Philippine Statistics Authority report noted that Davao City had the highest crime rate in 2010 and 2012.
The mayor branded the report as "a little malicious", saying that even public smoking has sanctions.
He also said there is a difference in how he deals with criminals and compared two separate drug raids done in Malabon and Davao.
"There was a raid dito sa Davao pati dito Manila. Look what happened. Yung doon sa Malabon, nakita, hinuli. Buhay. Yun akun nahuli sa Davao, patay apat. Kasi I'm still wiping out," he said.
"How can I do it in six months? Ibahin mo ako sa iba."
Roxas noted that some 30-40 barangays in Davao City remain drug-infested, according to a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency report. He said this raises questions about Duterte's capability to follow through on his promise to rid the nation of criminality.
Duterte, however, noted that the Aquino administration "allowed shabu to be cooked inside the national penitentiary."
"Is that your performance?" he noted.
He said that as chief of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, he was in charge of the Philippine National Police which is tasked with solving crimes including the problem of illegal drugs. "Wala kang ginawa!" he said.
"Alam nila (the people) how hard it is really to work for the government. You are a fraud. You are pretentious!" Duterte explained.
He also revived his earlier claim that Roxas did not graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a claim that was already debunked by the school.
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During the debate, Roxas belied Duterte's claims and threw shade at the mayor's brand of justice.
"''Yan ang brand ng Duterte justice. Kahit anong nasa isip n'ya, kahit hindi totoo, 'yan ang kanyang papaniwalaan at 'yan ang kanyang gagawin!"
Roxas added: "Kung ano ang pumasok sa isip mo, sarado na ang isip mo. 'Yan ang Duterte justice. Wala nang katotohanan, kung ano lang ang pumasok sa isip mo, pikit-mata, gagawin mo, baka may mamatay pang tao. Hindi ko gusto para sa Pilipinas 'yan."
Duterte replied: "Yan ang problema. 'Pag hindi ka marunong pumatay ng tao, at takot kang mamatay, 'yan ang problema. You cannot be a president."
The former interior secretary went on the defensive, saying he was not afraid to die for the Filipino people.
"Hindi ako takot mamatay. Ako mismo pumunta sa Yolanda. Ako mismo pumunta sa Zamboanga. Doon ako tumira," Roxas said.
He also called out Duterte on allegations of extrajudicial killings.
"Ang akin ay hindi tayo pwede basta-basta pumatay ng tao na walang proseso. Ang mahihirap lang ang pinapatay d'yan. Sinong mga malalalaking tao ang pinatay mo? Sinong mga malalalaking tao ang binangga mo," Roxas told Duterte.
To which, the mayor replied: "Hindi mo lang alam kasi wala kang alam talaga!"
"I was there in Yolanda Day 2. This guy (pointing at Roxas) can't handle stress. He's a weak leader," Duterte added.
Roxas said Duterte only went to the disaster area for a photo opportunity.
"You were there. You were asking us for coffee. We were accommodating you... Paano mo sasabihin na wala ako doon? I was the central player doon sa mga meeting na 'yun," Roxas said.
"Ikaw ang nawala. Dumating ka doon ng ilang oras, nagpa-photo op, umalis. 'Yan ang uri ng liderato mo."
But Duterte begged to disagree.
"I said you were there. You were lost like a zombie," he said.
The second leg of the PiliPinas Debates was hosted by TV5, together with BusinessWorld, The Philippine Star and the Commission on Elections.