Duterte claims ABS-CBN still has most of his campaign windfall: It hasn’t returned my P2M
President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t enjoying the P3.348 million bump in his net worth from excess campaign contributions just yet.
In a press conference in Davao City, Duterte claimed that most if it, or roughly P2 million, were paid to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. for a political ad which it did not air before election day last year.
“Ganito ‘yan ‘di ba sinabi ko sa inyo noong lumakas ako, last two weeks gumanon ‘yung rating ko, doon na nag-bigayan ang mga tao ng pera. Iyong iba nag-dagdag, ‘yung iba for the first time nagbigay ng pera. Siguro anticipating my victory because of the ratings,” said Duterte.
“ Iyong two million eight, ‘yung three million na ‘yun, ‘yun — ang 2 million ibinayad ko ‘yan sa ABS-CBN para ‘yung propaganda ko makahabol. Despite na inuna ko, bayad na ako, inuna pa nila ‘yung propaganda na ‘yung sa bata. Iyong bawal eh. And despite there was a TRO (temporary restraining order), ang ABS-CBN lang ang hindi sumunod,” said Duterte.
Duterte was referring to a political ad bankrolled by Senator Antonio Trillanes who tapped kids to voice the criticisms against Duterte in a last-minute attempt to derail his election. Duterte complained that ABS-CBN refused to air his reply to Trillanes’ ad. Worse, Duterte claimed ABS-CBN has yet to pay back his money.
“Tinanong kami ‘nasaan ‘yung pera?’ Sabi ko, ‘nasa ABS-CBN’. Iyong sa return ko sa election returns sa expenses ipinasok ko na kasi tinanggap ko ‘yung pera eh, pero ibinayad ko. Ayaw kong magsalita doon sa labas at ngayon ko lang sabihin sa inyo ‘yung totoo. Actually ‘yung two eight ‘yan naging income ko tuloy,” he said.
“Wala mang gastos kasi hindi man…Kasi ang ABS CBN tanggap nang tanggap. Hindi lang ako, si Romulo, si Alan Peter. Marami kami. Almost all sa Congress may tama. Kaso itong harap-harapan na nakaw,” he added.