Duterte’s honest view on honesty

March 22, 2019

“IT depends.”

That was how President Rodrigo Duterte responded Thursday when asked if honesty should be an election issue.

Duterte said honesty as an election issue would depend if telling the truth would bring good or would just create trouble.

“It depends. It depends. If you’re hanging by the thread, of what good use would it be, if it’ll just create trouble,” he said in an ambush interview on the sidelines of the 122nd Philippine Army Anniversary in Taguig, City.

“There are things (better) left unsaid and there are things which you can answer correctly. Okay?” he added.

Davao City Mayor and Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio had earlier said that honesty should not be an election issue because “everybody lies.”

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had also said that voters may not necessarily be considering honesty in voting for their candidates.