Duterte bats for Water Resources dept, jests about 'girlfriend'

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Posted at Jul 22 2019 06:55 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday jested about a supposed "girlfriend" as he called on lawmakers to pass a measure that would create an executive department and a commission to manage water resources. 

El Niño, a weather phenomenon marked by lack of rains, recently "wreaked havoc in the agricultural sector and caused water shortage in the greater Metro Manila area," noted Duterte. 

"We need to pass bill creating the Department of Water Resources and Water Regulatory Commission," he said in his State of the Nation Address. 

The President said that due to the recent water outage, he was "afraid" to return to Metro Manila from his hometown in Davao "because what if my girlfriend will not be able to take a bath?" 

"She will smell like hell so I said I'll wait for the water to wash her. Alam mo kung hindi ako nagmura (you know, if I did not curse) — when I arrived in the morning, there was water and my girlfriend was fresh," he added. 

Watch Duterte's fourth SONA here