Former Tarlac Representative Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. has criticized his nephew, President Benigno Aquino III, for portraying presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as a dictator in the making.
Cojuangco, brother of Mr. Aquino’s mother, the late president and democracy icon Corazon Aquino, said the tough-talking mayor was not the real threat to democracy but the administration’s supposed insensitivity toward the plight of Filipinos.
“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,” Cojuangco said in a video message making the rounds on social media, a transcript of which was shared by Duterte’s spokesperson Peter Laviña on his Facebook account.
Going into the final days of the campaign period, Mr. Aquino, whose parents led the toppling of the Marcos dictatorship, has become more specific in describing the May 9 vote as a choice between democracy and dictatorship in his speeches.
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