It was a story that was shared 8,000 times. It spoke of a conversation between Jun Quibranza, an Uber driver, and a foreigner, “Mr G,” whom he picked up from a hotel.
Weeks ago, his Facebook story went viral when an anonymous foreign businessman handed him a P1,000 bill. He wrote about it, then became a Duterte news item. The Facebook shares grew.
Morning News USA tried to find out what Quibranza did to the P1,000 bill.
According to his story, Quibranza was asked by Mr G if he was a “Duterte” supporter, referring to the leading Presidential candidate from the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. The client saw the red and blue baller Quibranza was wearing. It was bearing the names of Duterte and his running mate, Peter Cayetano.
Fearing an unsolicited ensue of debate, Quibranza held back first, but eventually got the courage to say that he was a supporter.
In an exclusive interview with Morning News USA, Cebu-based Quibranza said that the man was Asian, but in the story, his client mentioned he has been living in the Philippines for more than four decades now.
“If given the chance to live my life again and choose a country, I will definitely choose the Philippines,” his client shared.
“His voice started to mellow,” Quibranza wrote in his Facebook post.
His client continued by saying, “I have seen how this country has deteriorated. The people has disregarded discipline. And to add to the problem, they seem to fail in choosing the right leaders every election. They sell their votes and this is a sad story.”
His client’s next words surprised him. He learned that Mr. G was also a Duterte supporter.
“I have seen how this country has deteriorated. The people has disregarded discipline. And to add to the problem, they seem to fail in choosing the right leaders every election. They sell their votes and this is a sad story. I see in Duterte a light at the end of the tunnel. I pray that he wins and pray that he is able to really fix our problems.”
But his client was honest in saying that he could not expressly support Duterte. He had business interests to protect, but he was asking his people to support the top candidate.
The viral story didn’t end in the conversation. Before parting, Quibranza was surprised when his client gave him a P1,000 bill, and asked him to buy something for the Duterte supporters in their next campaign.
“It felt weird.”
Quibranza wrote, “And as I was about to put the bill in my breast pocket, I cannot. It felt weird. I mean putting money for a Duterte’s campaign inside my personal pocket made my hair stand. It doesn’t feel right.
“I guess it would have been different if I was supporting Nognog. It is second nature for him to put other people’s money in his own pocket. In fact in his own bank accounts.”
It has been two weeks since the conversation happened. Morning News USA asked Quibranza about his plans with the P1,000 budget.
“(W)e plan to buy bread or prepare lugaw (porridge) for those who will attend the sessions… (S)ince most of them are poor and have not much info on Duterte’s platform. They have also been fed with wrong infos (sic) about mayor that made them afraid of him. This is our main goal. To help correct their perception…”
Quibranza further said they will use the P1,000 next weekend in the Q&A session in Boljoon in Southern Cebu.
He and his family are solid “DuCay” supporters. All six of their family members are active in the campaigns. He has written also written commentary for Morning News USA as to why he is supporting Duterte.
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