PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte addressed anew reports about his growing wealth.
Speaking at the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Bacolod City on Thursday, Duterte urged the public not to believe in the allegations of the members of the political opposition who recently demanded transparency from the president’s family.
“Huwag kayong maniwala sa basura ng oposisyon, I will explain it. And besides... it’s always my law partner’s office and ‘yung nagpapabili kami ng motor,” the President said.
“You know I ride the motor. Kayong mga taga-Bacolod alam ninyo ‘yan. And everybody is in the business of big bike. Swap, palit, magdagdag lang ako o magbili ako ng motor mo. Iyan lang naman ang kanila tapos ‘yung kayamanan,” he said.
He declined to disclose where he keeps his wealth because he might be victimized by robbers.
“Sabihin ko sa inyo in due time. Mayaman? Eh taguin ko. Bakit ko sasabihin sa inyo kung saan ko nailagay? G*** pala kayo eh. May tao ba ito na — maholdup pa tayo. Kung pera, may pera ako. U***,” Duterte said.
Last Saturday, Duterte said that what he and his family earned outside of government was nobody’s business. He also said that he has been living with his mother who provided for him for a long time and that she had left him some money.
Duterte’s talk about his wealth came after the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) published reports that pointed to issues in the wealth declarations and business interests of the chief executive and some members of his family.
On Sunday, the PCIJ responded to Duterte’s anger over the reports, saying that he should turn his attention to his officials, including his spokesperson Salvador Panelo, for the failure of the Office of the President to attend to PCIJ’s request letters, over the last five months.
Malacañang has since challenged PCIJ and former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who urged Duterte to explain the significant increases in his wealth and that of his children, to file charges against Duterte if they believed that the President is guilty of amassing ill-gotten wealth.