Duterte plans to drop ‘expose’ on Rufino-Prieto family if they don’t pay taxes and leave Mile Long
Fresh from several days of rest, President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a fresh tirade against the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s owners, the Rufino-Prieto family, as he threatened to drop a bombshell against them.
“Kaya ‘yang mga taga-Inquirer. Pero kung magsalita kayo kontra sa amin, akala mo sino kayong malilinis. Kayo ang mga tulisan, putang ina ninyo. Totoo. Kayo man ang tulisan. One of these days, I’m going to come up with an exposé,” said Duterte in a speech in Tagum City Saturday.
“Ayang Inquirer. Ang utang is 8 billion in taxes. They occupy ‘yang Mile Long diyan Pasay, doon sa Makati. Ang contract na 50 years, naka-extension. Why extension? Ang kita nung mga tindahan diha, sila’y gakolekta. They are not paying taxes,” said Duterte.
Duterte was referring to the government’s case to evict the Rufino-Prieto’s Sunvar Realty Development Corp. from the 12.5-hecatre property between Pasong Tamo Street and Vito Cruz Extension in Makati City which was owned by the National Power Corp.
The Rufino-Prieto family was able to stop the government from enforcing its eviction as early as 2009 when it obtained a temporary restraining order from Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 59 in Makati City under Judge Winlove Dumayas.
However, the Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of government by declaring that the Makati RTC has no business issuing a TRO and stopping another Makati court from evicting the Rufino-Prieto family and making them pay P478.2 million in back rentals.
“I will not allow you to do that to the Filipino people. You return the property to the Republic of the Philippines. ‘Pag ayaw ninyong isauli ‘yan, I will ask everybody, every Filipino, walang lupa. ‘Go to the Mile Long, occupy the place because it belongs to you’,” he said.
“Walang ginawa kundi mag-publish kayo ng ano. Kaming mga taga-gobyerno akala mo magnanakaw. Holdaper. Kayo. Mga leche kayo,” he added.