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Bongga ka ‘day! Duterte reveals lavish travels of gov’t official

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President Rodrigo Duterte has set off a guessing game of sorts after revealing that a government official has expensive taste in traveling.

In a speech before members of the Philippine Air Force Dragon Boat team in Malacanang Tuesday night (August 22), Duterte said the government official makes extravagant– and pricey– choices from airplane seat to accommodation.

“May isang opisyal tayo dito sa gobyerno, na tiningnan namin ‘yung travel — hindi sa departamento, not the Executive department — na kung magsakay ng eroplano, mag-abroad, first-class. Tapos ang mga hotel niya, ‘yung mga suite. May isang Presidential suite pa ang kinuha. T*** i**…,” he fumed.

“But this will come out,” he added.

Duterte said he has fired several government officials over corruption but not all of them have been reported by the media.

“Hindi ko na lang binubulgar kasi sabi ko, ‘do not publish it,’ because ‘yung iba, matanda na. Tapos ang mga anak nila doktor na abogado na. Eh kung ano — unnecessary publicity. It is… It will… You know, may backlash ‘yan sa pamilya eh and it is not good,” he said.

Duterte once again brought up the fate of former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, whom he accused of buying allegedly overpriced firetrucks.

“Eh ‘yung ano, pumunta ng… Cabinet member, pumunta ng Washington, nagpasyal. He went back… He went to Austria to buy a fire truck worth 18 million a piece,” he said.