President Rodrigo Roa Duterte endorses the Senate bid of Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II. In a video message, Duterte lauds Gringo’s love for the Philippines:
“Kaibigan kong si Gringo Honasan. Matagal ko na siya itong kaibigan. Sundalo ito, naging Senador. Botohin ninyo si Gringo Honasan. Walang iniisip ‘yan kung ‘di bayan. Yan lang ang nasa utak nya, yung love of country.” [Gringo is a long-time friend. He’s a soldier who became a Senator. Vote for Gringo Honasan. He only thinks about the country. That’s the only thing in his mind, the love of country.]
“I appreciate [his] patriotism, because even as a soldier and even as a Senator [his] paradigm never shifted to anything except the love for his country,” he says.
Urging people to vote for Gringo, he adds “if you love your country, you must love Gringo Honasan.”
– Duterte cabinet member –
Gringo was one of Duterte’s cabinet members appointed in July 2019. He was the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology until October 2021 when he filed his certificate of candidacy for Senator in the 2022 elections.
In addition to his long military career, Gringo was a four-term Senator.
– Trust of the people –
In response to the message, Gringo expresses his gratitude to President Duterte and asks the Filipino people for their continued trust and support:
“Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtitiwala. Nawa’y pagkatiwalaan po ninyo akong muli na magsilbi sa ating Bayan! Magtulungan tayo!”
The video is available using this link: