PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said the world-class quality of Marikina footwear can be seen in his pair of boots made by a Marikina shoemaker which has remained durable despite having kicked out several government officials.
Duterte was gifted with a pair of custom-made leather shoes by Marikina shoemaker Rolando de Guzman in 2016.
“Ginagamit ko ‘yung boots mo. Ako mahilig magsipa ng tao,” Duterte jested as he addressed the 70-year-old shoemaker.
Duterte said he always uses his boots, especially when “kicking” some officials in Malacañang.
“Tanungin mo ‘yang mga guwardiya diyan sa Malacañang siguro nagtataka ‘yan sila. Ako lang nakita nilang tao talagang sinisipa ko,” he added.
Duterte said there is no doubt that Marikina’s quality shoes will someday take its place on the world stage.
“Marikina is known for its shoes. Kagaya nitong mga t*******… Itong mga famous na mga Hermes ganun, gawa ‘yan doon sa eastern Europe (Just like famous brands like Hermes which is made in eastern Europe). I’m sure Marikina would go a long way to be somebody,” he added.