Dawn Zulueta believes presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his promise of change to the Filipino people.
The 47-year-old actress said she is convinced based on her experience when she moved to Davao City, which Duterte led as mayor for 20 years.
Dawn relocated to Davao in 1997 when she married Anton Lagdameo Jr., who was then running a business in the city until he entered politics as the representative of Davao Del Norte’s 2nd district.
“Well, ako, naging maganda ang experience ko living in Davao.
“I loved it there, it was so peaceful. The peace and order is really fantastic.
“Malinis, makikita mo talaga [ang] disiplina, maski ng mga tao.
“Yung pag-manage talaga ni Mayor [Dutertre] doon sa city.
“Lahat ng mga tao, meron talaga silang respeto sa kanya, so they follow the rules,” she related.
Will Dawn accept if she will be offered a position in the Duterte administration?
“Me? No, no. I do not know anything about running a town.
“I only know how to run a house, a household, and even that sometimes I fail, so no-no.”
She reiterated her support for Duterte, “I’m a supporter because I also know Mayor Digong personally.
“I believe in him and in what he can do.
“So I think everyone should rally behind him and support him given this chance.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters chatted with Dawn yesterday, May 12, after the media conference of Love Me Tomorrow at Alabang Town Center.
RIPE FOR CHANGE. Dawn interpreted the result of the presidential election as a sign that the Filipinos are ready for Duterte’s style of governance.
“I guess you can call it a landslide victory, marami talagang bumoto sa kanya, maraming nagmamahal.
“I’d like to think lahat ‘yan, gugustuhing suportahan siya.
“So when he starts to implement na rin yung mga rules kagaya ng ginawa niya sa Davao, I’d like to think that we’re ready for it.
“The country is ready for it and we’re ready for that kind of change because I think it’s a positive change.”
She said she is amenable to the 1 A.M. curfew for minors and liquor ban that Duterte plans to implement in the country.
“Well, why not, I mean, shouldn’t we all be sleeping?
“Aren’t kids also supposed to be asleep? I don’t see anything wrong with that.”
Dawn then cited a few rules now being followed in in Davao.
“Simple lang, yung no smoking, you’re allowed to smoke but you have to smoke in certain areas.
“You’re not allowed to smoke just anywhere, and yung fireworks pinagbawalan niya.
“I remember, when that was done, bago pa lang siya, siguro mga three years [pa] lang, binibiro ko si Mayor.
“‘Mayor naman, masyado namang istrikto ‘yan. Bakit naman talaga kailangan walang fireworks?
“‘Di ba puwedeng maski lights show man lang, manonood lang kami?’
“Pero sabi niya, ‘Hindi, kapag ginagawa kasi yung mga ganyang ordinansa, kailangan talaga munang istrikto.
“‘Masanay muna ang mga tao ng display, and then later on, puwede na rin siguro mag-loosen up.’
“I don’t know if he still thinks that way, but I believe in that. Tama rin naman yun, di ba?”