KORONADAL CITY - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday said it’s too late for her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, to change his character after the chief executive drew flak for insulting candidates from opposition slate Otso Diretso.
Asked about the chief executive’s never-ending tirades against the opposition bets, Duterte-Carpio told reporters: "The President is someone na hindi mo masabihan kung ano 'yung dapat niyang gawin. He has been like that since [he was] mayor of Davao City especially during campaign namin."
"I do not think magbabago pa ‘yan. You cannot really teach an old dog new tricks especially sa character ni President Duterte."
Duterte started attacking opposition bets in early March, a few weeks into the three-month campaign period. He had said the Otso Diretso candidates were headed “straight to hell,” in what was a play on the opposition ticket’s name.
The President has not stopped since then, calling the opposition candidates various names while heaping praise on administration candidates.
In his latest tirade, Duterte reportedly called former Solicitor General Florin “Pilo” Hilbay gay despite his supposed relationship with actress Agot Isidro.
Responding to Duterte, Hilbay said he is straight, but that he and Isidro are "secure in our relationship and we don't believe that anybody has to prove their gender and sexuality to anyone."
"Unlike the President, Agot and I don't see being a member of the LGBTQIA community as a mistake or a source of shame," he said in a statement.
"If Duterte is a real LGBTQIA ally, he would know that coming out is the most personal and momentous decision an LGBTQIA person could make. His display of bigotry is the reason why people choose to hide in the shadows, living in fear, instead of accepting their personal truth," he added.