Mayor Duterte Earns the Backing of Two Lawmakers on His Presidential Bid


Two members of the House of Representatives announced their backing of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City as their official bet for president in the upcoming May 2016 national elections. The two lawmakers were members of the Party-List groups that represented their sectors during the past few years in Congress.


The two members of the lawmaking body, the Philippine Congress, former Justice Secretary Silvestre Bello III of 1BAP now known as 1-Ahapo and one of Mindanao's most prominent politician, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.

The former Justice Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who is considered as one of the heads of the influential brotherhood group Alpha Phi Omega (APO) in the Philippines, pulled back his underwriting for the presidential bid of VP Binay and upheld to support Mayor Rody Duterte.

In an interview with the media, Rep. Bello stated "It is official. I withdrew my party-list nomination out of delicadeza and to support my longtime friend and classmate, Mayor Duterte. [Backing Duterte] is a decision that cost me my reelection bid as party-list congressman. But I know that it is a right decision.

The Isabela congressman of 1BAP said that he has begun campaigning for his child, legal counselor and three-term Davao City Councilor Karlo Santos Bello, who is running for representative in the third district of Davao City under Mayor Duterte's political group, Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod.

Meanwhile, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez revealed that he has pulled back on his backing for Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas and declared his support for Mayor Duterte as the next president of the Philippines.

Rep. Rodriguez is also a prominent figure in the political scene in Mindanao, he was even named as the National President of the Centrist Democratic Party.

In an interview with the media, he declared his support with Mayor Duterte: "We, here in Mindanao, have not been getting our real share in the budget nor a seat at the table in big [decision-making processes] that affect us and our fellow Mindanaoans. It’s high time we fully reach the potential of Mindanao… It’s time for our next President, Rody Duterte.
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