Roxas on Duterte dare: I have no time for nonsense
LIGAO CITY, Albay—Mar Roxas has no time for nonsense.
The Liberal Party standard-bearer on Saturday said as much when asked to react on Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge for him to prove he’s circumcised.
“I have no time for nonsense,” said Roxas, laughing. “Wala akong panahon para sa mga walang kwentang bagay tulad niyan,” he told reporters after their campaign rally in Ligao City, Albay province.
In a recent campaign sortie, Duterte said he was not crazy enough to make public his medical records.
“I will release them if Mar Roxas will show he is circumcised,” said the 70-year-old presidential aspirant, sparking off anew a verbal tussle between him and the LP bet.
Last Wednesday, Roxas said he supported the release of all presidential candidates’ medical records, pointing out that people had the right to know the health condition of their public officials since it could affect their governance.
“I am in favor of making public our health conditions. We have to be transparent to the people who will eventually decide whether we are fit or not to hold public office,” Roxas said.
Roxas, 58, has maintained he is physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.
United Nationalist Alliance’s bet, Vice President Jejomar Binay, has been rumored to be suffering from lupus but he has denied the allegations.
Another presidential candidate, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, has admitted that she suffered from stage 4 lung cancer but said she has been healed. She has since refused to reveal the status of her health. RC
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