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Kaya bumaliktad! Duterte says Gov Matba backed his candidacy out of ‘love’

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President Rodrigo Duterte believes he was able to get the support of Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante Matba in the 2016 polls because of their reported romantic past.

In a speech at the Department of Justice’s 120th anniversary Tuesday (September 26), Duterte reminisced about the lack of support he had from politikos when he ran for president.

He said he only had a handful of politikos supporting him, including Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco and Matba.

“Mindanao, isa lang. Si Agusan del Norte. Bumaligtad, hindi nakatiis. Mahirap ang pag-ibig,” he said, drawing laughter from the audience.

Duterte, however, clarified that whatever special relationship he and Matba had happened long ago.

“Noon, noon, way– matagal na,” he said.