Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism story on Duterte family’s wealth ‘baseless’

GINGOOG City, Misamis Oriental – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte opted not to comment on the supposed growing wealth of the Duterte family, and her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth.

In an interview after the campaign sortie here, Mayor Sara said she will just wait for the other parts of the report of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) before making a comment.

However, she assured the public that what she and her family declared in their SALNs are truthful.

In an ambush interview in Pagadian City, Mayor Duterte said most of the findings disclosed by PCIJ on its report were “baseless.”

“Well, karamihan naman doon, walong ano, baseless actually. Hindi namin sinasagot. Pero kung meron man kami makita na karapat dapat na sagutin, then I will answer,” Mayor Duterte said.

The presidential daughter is currently campaigning for the senatorial candidates of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a regional party she formed together with some politicians from Mindanao.

In the first part of its report, the PCIJ disclosed that across the 10-year period from 2007, the wealth of prominent members of the Duterte family who are currently in public office “have all consistently grown richer over the years, even on the modest salaries they have received for various public posts, and despite the negligible retained earnings reflected in the financial statements of the companies they own or co-own.”

The presidential daughter’s wealth, according to the PCIJ report, grew more than six times. In 2017, Mayor Duterte’s net worth registered a 28.45 percent increase and climbed to P44.83 million from the previous P34.89 million in 2016.

“I deemed to wait for the complete report… sabi nila three parts daw so antayin namin second, third parts then I will decide if there’s anything there worthy of a comment na di nasagot ng SALN ko,” she said.

Mayor Duterte, who is married to Atty. Manases Carpio, is seeking reelection as Davao City Mayor while her brother Paolo is running for the city’s first district representative.

The President’s son also experienced a second upsurge in his net worth in 2017, the PCIJ noted, rising to P27.74 million from P19.84 million in 2016.