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  • Roxas dares Duterte to a boxing, not just slapping match
  • Duterte fires back by challenging Roxas to a gun duel instead
  • The word war between the two presidential aspirants continues

MANILA, Philippines – The raging word war between former Interior secretary Mar Roxas and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been raised by a few a bars after the latter decided to elevate the challenge from a simple slapping match to a gun duel.

Asked by local reporters in Davao City on Monday evening if his slapping challenge to Roxas still stands, Duterte said he now prefers a gun duel ala Wild Wild West.
“Barilan na lang. Takot mamatay ang mga mayayaman. Anong kinatatakutan ko?” Inquirer quoted Duterte as saying, referring to Roxas. (Why not a shooting match. The rich are afraid to die. What am I afraid of?)
Duterte also stood by his claim that Roxas is not a graduate of Wharton School of Economics.
He also dared Roxas to produce a picture showing him wearing a toga alongside his mother, as well as a certificate from the school.
Media reports said the University of Pennsylvania registrar confirmed Roxas has undergraduate studies but did not complete an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Economics.
Earlier on Tuesday, Roxas himself dared Duterte to a boxing match, saying slapping is only for women.
“Gawin mo na lang kung anong gusto mong gawin. At sampalan? Bakit pa sampalan, pambabae ‘yan, suntukan na lang? Di ba? Simpleng-simple lang ito,” Roxas told congressmen at his residence in Cubao, Quezon City.
(Do what you want to do. And slapping? Why slapping, it’s only for women, why not boxing match? Right? It’s that simple.)
He also slams Duterte for talking too much and even left his address in Cubao should the tough-talking mayor decides to come over.
“Ako, galit ako sa bully. Galit ako sa mga tao na akala nila sila lang ang kapangyarihan dito sa bansa natin,” Roxas declared. (I’m angry at bullies. I’m angry to those who think they’re the only powerful people here in our country.)
The hostility between the two presidential aspirants started after Roxas criticized Davao City’s fabled peace and order record as a ‘myth’, prompting Duterte to retaliate, saying it was the LP standard bearer’s Wharton diploma that’s a ‘myth’.

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