'Depends': What Duterte said on honesty as an election issue


Posted at Mar 21 2019 10:17 PM

MANILA - Should honesty be an election issue? 

For President Rodrigo Duterte, it would depend on the situation at hand, saying there is no use in being honest if telling the truth would lead to complications. 

“Depends. Depends. If you're hanging by the thread, of what good use could it be, it will just create trouble,” Duterte told reporters in a chance interview Thursday.

“There are things left unsaid, and there are things which you can answer correctly,” he added.

Duterte’s daughter, Hugpong ng Pagbabago chair and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, has drawn flak for saying that honesty is not an election issue, claiming all candidates are liars.

She later clarified that her statement was directed towards the opposition, who she said shouldn’t attack other candidates over honesty. 

Malacañang has said not all voters may be looking at honesty as an important qualification in choosing their candidates in the elections.

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, aunt-in-law of Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile said public officials are required by the Constitution to be honest.

--Report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News