TAGBILARAN CITY – Friends and fanatics, aside from diehards, will have their day complete with the visit here Thursday of tough talkin’ City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to honor the invitation to be a commencement speaker. Senior Board member Atty. Dionisio D. Balite reportedly bared that indeed Duterte accepted his invitation to be an honored guests during the graduation ceremonies of the BIT International College in this city.
His visit here would be his first since he started crisscrossing the country actively to promote federalism and peace for Mindanao, said to be the land of promise for years now.
Duterte, who is touted to be one of the presidential timbers come May 2016 if he decides to run, would make his presence felt when he meets with the local media for a schedule press conference at JJs Seafood Restaurant, the source but refused to be named, said.
Duterte will arrive at early afternoon from Cebu City and he’s expected to meet some local officials and hisvolunteers-suppoters for brief meeting, the sources said.
Maribojoc Mayor Leoncio “Toloy” Evasco, one of Dutrete’s trusted lieutenants until now, is also expected to welcome the city mayor of the largest city in the world in terms of land area.
Duterte scored high in the recently conducted Pulse Asia opinion survey on March 1-7, 2015 in interviews of 1,200 respondetns, mostly head of families, report said.
With his entry in the survey, Duterte ranked third and tied with former President Erap with 12% of the respondents.
Despite a barrage of poltical attacks on hims, Vice-Pres. Jojo Binay is still on top of the opinion polling with 29%. He is followed by Senator Grace Poe, with 14%, second.
Duterte beat Binay in Mindanao, said to be his bailiwick, scoring 34% against Binay’s 32%. But he rated poorly in Visayas and Mindanao with2 and 11%.
Other pretenders (for president) included Sen. Mirian Defensor who got 9%; Sen. Bongbong Marcos, 6%; Mar Roxas and Francis Escudero, 4% apiece; Sen Alan Peter Cayetano, 3%; Sen Trillanes IV, 2%; and former Senators Panfilo Lacson and Dick Gordon, one percent. (rvo)