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Sino ba may birthday? Thanks for calling me ‘bright,’ Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali says as he sends birthday greetings to the President

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Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali joined the chorus of well-wishers on President Duterte’s 73rd birthday.

But aside from sending his well-wishes to the chief executive, Umali got in a little self-promotion as he thanked the President for once calling him bright during a speech.

On Facebook, the former Liberal Party member wished for good health for the President and promised that he would be there to provide and assistance and support for him.

He also shared a throwback video to one of his moments with Mr. Duterte during the 35th anniversary of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan,

In the video, Mr. Duterte mentioned Umali during the speech and described him as a “bright boy” and a long-time politician who the people love.

Umali said it was an honor to be described as such by someone like the President.

Ikaw na!

“Isang pagbati ng maligayang kaarawan ang nais kong iparating sa magiting na pinuno ng ating bansa!

Dahil buong bansa ang nagkaisa upang magdiwang ngayong araw, nais kong mag-#throwback sa isa sa mga moments namin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa 35th Anniversary ng Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) Laban noong 2017. Malaking karangalan ang matawag na ‘bright’ ng isang tulad mo, Pangulo.

Nawa’y magkaroon ka ng malusog na pangangatawan upang mas maayos mo ang mga suliranin ng ating bansa. Kami po ay nandito upang magbigay ng tulong at suporta!

Muli, maligayang kaarawan, Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte!” Umali posted on Facebook.