Former congressman and Philippine Olympic Committee’s current president Jose Cojuangco Jr., also known as Peping Cojuangco, has issued his speech siding to Presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Watch the video here.
Magandang araw po mga kababayan ko. As a freedom loving Filipino, I have decided to rise and defend democracy once more.
Ninoy came home ready to give his life for God, our country, and the Filipino people. Cory in 1986 became President so that democracy may live and flourish.
In the light of all these fears of disenfranchisement and massive fraud, I call on our people to be vigilant and faithful to the ideals of freedom and democracy for which many of us fought hard for.
Let not even the President – the son of Ninoy and Cory, threaten us by using his public office to extinguish the legacy of his parents which they bequeathed to the Filipino people that of fair, free and credible elections. His recent pronouncements have become a betrayal for all the sacrifices of his father and mother.
Duterte is not the threat to democracy.
It is this administration’s insensitivity to our people’s plight and yearning for a decent and peaceful life, which has caused this irreversible tide of compulsion for real and meaningful reforms.
Let us fight for the universal right of suffrage. Let no one trample on this right.
Ako po si Peping Conuangco. Inuulit ko po, Duterte is not a threat to our democracy. Maraming salamat po.
Several Facebook users expressed appreciation to Cojuangco’s speech.
Sisterlerma Javing commented on the video, “What a beautiful message to all Filipinos! Thank you Mr. Conjuangco! We hope and trust God for the good of our people and our beloved country Philippines! Go, go, go Mayor Duterte! Kaisa mo kami dito sa Israel!”
While there are those who appreciate, however, there are also those who have seen this act as being “balimbing” or like a star fruit, which has many sides. It means Cojuangco has no loyalty for switching sides.
Another Facebook user named Edward Jimenez commented, “Maniwala ako sa iyo Peping. Naku, nakiki-Duterte ka lang kasi kayo uunahin ni Digong, kayong mga nagpahirap sa mga maliit.”
Cojuangco has been disapproving of Aquino’s administration even before Duterte became number one in Presidential polls and received massive support from Filipino people. However, in February, he was for Binay. In fact, he told ABS-CBN, “Hindi ko alam kung kailan ako naging kritiko (of Aquino),” he said, and later added. “I’m for Binay [in 2016].”
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