Duterte, Cayetano to give priority to agricultural sector

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Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Alan Peter Cayetano (R)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — During his visit in Tarlac City earlier this month, presidential candidate Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte told farmers that helping out the agriculture industry was among his platforms should he win the May polls.

To address problems with water supply, Duterte promised free irrigation to farmers. He also said he would solve the farmers' financing by coursing credit through cooperatives.

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During CNN Philippines' Town Hall on Thursday (February 18) in the University of the Philippines, Duterte reiterated the need to address the problems of the agriculture sector.

"I’ll give priority to agriculture because it’s food," said Duterte. "Help the farmer itself. You have to give their needs... they plant to feed you."

Duterte's running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, said the government must use research and technology to map out what should be planted where.

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'Metro Manila overloaded'

The mayor was also asked about the country's traffic woes and how he plans to address it should he win the presidency.

"The entire Metro Manila is overloaded... there's no more space," said Duterte. "You cannot flog a dead horse."

For the traffic conditions in the metro to improve, he said the country needs "a little more discipline and add more trains."

Duterte said he cannot promise that he can solve this problem.

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Not the brightest candidate

Duterte is expected to attend the first presidential debate of the Commission on Elections in Cagayan de Oro on Sunday, February 21.

He said though he may not be the brightest among the presidential candidates, he is certain he will have something to say.

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Duterte also said the time limit would pose a problem. He said he may consider walking out if the moderator stops him from speaking.

CNN Philippines correspondent Ina Andolong contributed to this report.