Da who? Duterte claims forgetting how PNoy looks like: I don’t talk to him
Just over a year after taking office, President Rodrigo Duterte no longer knows how his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, looks like– or so he claims.
In an interview Tuesday (September 12) at the wake of a slain soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Duterte said he was unaware of the intelligence report that his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, mentioned about a former President’s meeting with three businessmen and former United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg last year.
“I do not know anything about that. But I meet — I — hindi naman regular, but my favorite talking — ano diyan, si President Ramos, si Gloria Arroyo,” he said.
“‘Yung isa, nakalimu — Ah, ano bang itsura niya? Nakalimutan ko eh. Ano ba ‘yan siya may buhok tapos may bigote? I — I do not — I cannot remember his face. That, I do not talk to him,” the President added.
The giveaway on whom Duterte was referring to was his mention about the former President’s reaction to the war on drugs.
“He was asked that, ‘How do you find the campaign against illegal drugs?’ Eh sumagot siya, ‘Wala mang nangyayari. Walang…,'” he said.
Aquino had said there was barely any change in the drug-related statistics from 2015 compared to last year’s, when Duterte was already in power.
Paolo mentioned the supposed meeting about a former President in a press conference earlier in the day as he hinted about a possible conspiracy to link him to wrongdoing, with the end game being to bring his father down.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has accused Paolo of involvement in smuggling.