June 30, 2016 / 11:11 AM / 3 years ago

Let them eat cake: Manila baker in free give-away after Duterte win

MANILA (Reuters) - A Manila baker says he will stand by his promise to give away more than 7,000 slices of cake throughout Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year term as Philippine president after being inundated with requests when his offer went viral.

Quim’s Cafe owner Eliaquin Labang didn’t think much of Duterte or his election chances and said last year he would give away 5 million pesos ($106,000) worth of cake if the 71-year-old former prosecutor was elected.

Duterte was sworn in as the country’s 16th president on Thursday after his promises to crush crime won over the public in last month’s vote and left Labang inundated with demands for free treats.

The baker said he would give 50 slices twice a month through Duterte’s term to those who register online, a Facebook post that was liked more than 26,000 times.

Labang, who had criticized Duterte last year for running in the election after previously saying he wouldn’t stand, added that he had changed his mind about the new president despite the cost to his business.

“The president has been working ... on the drug cases and we’re seeing them slowly crumbling, that’s when I had the idea that he’s really a good president,” Labang told Reuters.

Reporting by Reuters TV and Manny Mogato. Editing by Patrick Johnston and Nick Macfie

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