Tulfo appeals: Support Duterte

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It’s not every day that you see a journalist and hard-hitting columnist such as Ramon Tulfo openly calling for support for a political candidate.

In his column “On Target” in Inquirer, Tulfo called on his readers and radio listeners to support Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, saying he is “our only hope to make this country peaceful and prosperous.”

“He has the political will to do that because Davao City is an example of his brand of leadership,” Tulfo said of Duterte.

He reasoned out that “patriotism” compelled him to openly seek support for Duterte, despite the fact that journalists should not take side in a political contest.

Duterte, he said, is just interested in running Davao City, which he has turned into one of the safest cities in the world, unlike former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jojo Binay “who are all salivating over the top post of the land.”

“Duterte In his decades of being mayor of a big city in Mindanao, his name has never been tainted with corruption, unlike one of the presidential candidates,” he added, apparently referring to Binay who has faced numerous allegations of corruptions in the past year.

Tulfo reiterated that the country needs a strong leader like Duterte, whom he likened to Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew.

Duterte has since declined to run for president, asking his supporters to give him time for “soul searching.”
“Let’s convince Duterte to run.

If the clamor for him to run is loud, maybe he won’t be able to refuse this time,” Tulfo wrote.