In an attempt to lighten the mood during a speech at the founding anniversary of a pro-federalism alliance in Legazpi City on Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte challenged local officials to present their aides to compete with the beauty of his own.
"Saan ang aide ko? Kunin mo nga ang record ko [ng mga umanong sangkot sa iligal na droga sa Pilipinas]...Andito tayo lahat, pagandahan na lang ng aide...Kayong mga governor, congressman, sige nga," he said.
(Where is my aide? Get my record of those suspected to be involved in the illegal drug trade...We are all here...Governor, congressman, come on.)