Ignoring the clamor to end their public bickering, Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas II taunted Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for apparently backing out from his threat to slap him or engage him in a fistfight.
He also called out Duterte for backing out on his challenge to a national debate on the country’s prevailing issues.
“He talks too much and makes challenges. On the slapping challenge, he withdrew; on the challenge to a fistfight, he retreated; on my challenge to a debate, he backed out.
A leader of our country, Roxas said, should not back out from challenges, but instead face them.
He noted Filipinos won’t be able to know Duterte’s platform if he does not accept Roxas’ challenge to a debate.
But Duterte said he would not debate with a “Number 4,” obviously referring to Roxas’ standing in presidential surveys.
The tough-talking mayor said he will only engage Roxas in a national debate if he becomes No. 2. Later on, Duterte said Roxas, whom he called as “only a Cubao leader” cannot demand a debate from one who is a “global leader.”
“I would like to tell everybody that when you become a candidate for President, you must stop fooling around because that won’t do any good for other nations, diplomats and foreign leaders,” said Duterte.
Roxas earlier said there won’t be a Christmas truce between him and Duterte if the Davao mayor kept insisting it’s not true that Rosas was a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
The word war between the two started when some people with links to Roxas claimed that Duterte has cancer. This worsened when Roxas claimed the peace and order situation in Davao City was merely a myth.
Duterte reportedly flared up and responded by saying that he would slap Roxas in the face for the latter’s dismal failure in helping victims of Super typhoon Yolanda.
Duterte also said if the stable peace and order was a myth, then Roxas’ diploma from Wharton School of Economics in the US was fake and came from Claro M. Recto Avenue, in Sta. Cruz, Manila, known to make bogus documents. (Macon Araneta)