Duterte won’t stay in Malacañang if he wins, calls it 'a symbol of oppression'

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Presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte (left), with his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (right).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — “A symbol of oppression”— that is how presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte sees Malacañang.

This is why he decided not to stay there if he wins the presidency.

In CNN Philippines’ Town Hall at the University of the Philippines in Diliman on Thursday (February 18), Duterte said he’d rather stay with the priests in San Beda College, where he obtained his law degree, or go home every day in Davao — which is only an hour away from Metro Manila.

“Makitira nalang ako dyan sa mga pari sa San Beda, tutal dyan ako galing,” Duterte said.

“O uwi nalang ako araw araw sa Davao, sa bahay ko isang oras lang ang byahe.”

[Translation: I would live with the priests in San Beda where I came from, or go home to my house in Davao which is only one hour travel time away.]

Duterte said it is faster to go home to Davao than go through the traffic in Metro Manila.

Duterte also pointed out that heavy traffic is not only a problem in EDSA, but everywhere. He added, Metro Manila is “overloaded,” and there’s just “no more space” in it.

Despite this, the presidential candidate said he would try to solve the traffic woes in the metropolis, but admits it would be difficult for him to entirely address it and can’t promise anything.

“Andami ng administrasyon ang lumipas eh ganyan pa rin,” Duterte said.

[Translation: A lot of administrations have passed and nothing has changed.]

He, however, added that he thinks the situation could be improved by instilling discipline and by adding more trains.

Federalism would bring peace to Mindanao

Duterte also warned that the people in Mindanao, especially the Muslims, are quite disappointed with government’s failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“I told you yang BBL, dribolin lang yan hanggang matapos 'to (Aquino administration),” Duterte said.

[Translation: I told you, they would just dribble (the passage) of BBL until (the Aquino administration) is done.]

“The Moro people are disappointed and I cannot blame them.”

According to Duterte, pushing for federalism would solve the problem when it comes to peace and security in the region.

“Let me just warn, and this is a fair warning for the days to come. I think nothing short of federalism would bring peace to Mindanao,” Duterte said.

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