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Duterte tells OFWs: Choose the best senators in 2019

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 01:07 PM September 03, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the Filipino community at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem as part of his four-day official visit to Israel. MALACAÑANG PHOTOS

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the Filipino community at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem as part of his four-day official visit to Israel. MALACAÑANG PHOTOS

JERUSALEM — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday appealed to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to “choose the best” senators in the next year’s elections as he touted his Cabinet officials, some of them reportedly eyeing a Senate seat in 2019.

“Marami pang Pilipinong dadating diyan na tatakbo, pero please naman, maawa naman kayo sa bayan ninyo. Makikita mo naman ‘yon kung anong ginagawa ng iba,” Duterte told 1,400 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at the Ramada Hotel here.

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(There will be many Filipinos who will run, but please, have mercy on your country. You can see what other people have been doing.)

Duterte is the chairman of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) but the ruling party has yet to release an official list of senatorial bets for 2019.

“Sa totoo lang, gusto ninyo ng worker? Iyong tao na — totoo. [Sa] congressman, pwede kayong mamili maski sino, pero ‘yung mga senator lalo na, tutal malayo naman sa inyo, choose the best,” he said.

(Truthfully, you want a worker? A person who’s real. You can choose any congressman you want, but when it comes to senators especially — anyways, they’re far from you — just choose the best.)

During his speech, the President introduced one-by-one his Cabinet officials, including Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, Spokesperson Harry Roque, and Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, who are rumored to be eyeing Senate seats.

However, they have not made any public confirmation about their plans. /je

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