Dawn Zulueta throws full support behind Duterte

Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Dawn Zulueta. Photo by Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Actress Dawn Zulueta is throwing her full support behind Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is now the country's presumptive president.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Thursday, Zulueta said she personally witnessed what the tough-talking mayor can do, citing her experience living in Davao.

"Ako, naging maganda ang experience ko living in Davao. I love it there. It is so peaceful. The peace and order is really fantastic, malinis. Makikita mo talaga 'yung displina maski ng mga tao,” she said.

"I guess 'yung pag-manage talaga ni Mayor (Duterte) sa city, lahat ng mga tao talaga, meron talaga silang respeto para sa kanya because they follow the rules. Because of his landslide victory, maraming talagang bumoto sa kanya, maraming nagmamahal, I’d like to think na lahat iyan gugustuhin din talaga suportahan siya,” she added.

Zulueta believes the Filipinos are ready when Duterte starts implementing the plans that he has for the country.

"The country is ready for it. We are ready for that kind of change because I think it is a positive change," she said.

When asked to share a particular remarkable rule which Duterte has implemented in Davao City, Zulueta said: "So simple, 'yung rule na lang on smoking. You are allowed to smoke but you can only smoke in certain areas. You're not even allowed to smoke just anywhere outside."

She also mentioned the ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks.

"I remember when that was just an ordinance, bago pa lang, siguro mga three years lang, binibiro ko si Mayor. Sabi ko, 'Mayor naman, masyado namang strikto iyan. Bakit naman talaga kailangan walang fireworks? Hindi ba puwedeng maski light show man lang, manonood na lang kami?' Pero sabi niya, 'Hindi. Kailangan kasi kapag ginagawa ang mga ganyang klaseng ordinansa, kailangan talaga muna strikto. Masanay muna ang mga tao this way 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 iyon," she said.

Zulueta also agrees with Duterte's plan to impose a curfew on minors as well as a nationwide liquor ban as part of efforts to curb criminality.

"Why not? Shouldn't we all be sleeping? Aren't kids supposed to be asleep? I don't see anything wrong with that," she said.

The liquor ban was imposed in Davao after the mayor saw a correlation between drunkenness and crime as well as road accidents.

The ordinance prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. The curfew, on the other hand, will start at 10 p.m. but it will only affect unaccompanied minors.

Duterte's spokesperson said these measures may be adopted nationwide after consultation with concerned parties.

During the election campaign, Duterte has repeatedly promised to end crime, drugs and corruption in government in three to six months.