Duterte claims one presidential bet a cocaine user, 'weak leader'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18)— President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday questioned the accomplishments and qualifications of one presidential candidate, who he claims is into cocaine and a "weak leader."

"There is even a presidential candidate na nag-cocaine (who uses cocaine)," Duterte said during his speech before the anti-insurgency task force in Mindoro.

"Anong nagawa ng tao na 'yan? What contribution has he made para sa Pilipinas? Nagdo-droga 'yan ng cocaine," he added.

[Translation: What has this person done? What contribution has he made for the Philippines? He uses drugs, cocaine.]

Duterte further dropped hints that the presidential hopeful appears to have a strong family name and following.

"Basta sinabi ko sa inyo, he is a very weak leader, ang character niya. Except for the name, ang tatay," Duterte argued. "Pero siya, anong ginawa niya? If that is what the Filipino wants, go ahead. Basta alam ninyo."

[Translation: I'm telling you, he is a very weak leader, his character. Except for the name, his father. But what has he done? If that is what the Filipino wants, go ahead. But at least you know.]

Last month, several presidential aspirants said they support the proposal for candidates to undergo mandatory drug tests ahead of next year's elections.

They have yet to react to Duterte's latest claim.

In the same event, the President reiterated his support for his ally and former aide, Senator Bong Go.

"I am not into politicking, but let me just state for the record ang kandidato ko pagka-presidente ay si (my candidate for the presidency is) Bong Go," he said.

Go is running under the Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan (PDDS), an allied party of the PDP-Laban faction which he and Duterte are part of.

The chief executive is seeking a Senate seat in 2022 — also under PDDS.