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Duterte says Rufino-Prieto’s occupation of Makati property is ‘corruption of the highest order’ in connivance with courts

May 16, 2017 @ 10:29

President Rodrigo Duterte described as “corruption of the highest order” the Rufino-Prieto family’s continued occupation of the Creekside/Mile Long commercial property in Makati despite the lapse in the lease agreement 15 years ago.

In a press conference in Davao City, Duterte accused the Court of Appeals of abetting the Rufino-Prieto family’s continued stay in the 22.9-hectare prime property by issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) to block government’s attempt to evict the squatting owners of Philippine Daily Inquirer and Dunkin’ Donuts franchise.

“Hanggang ngayon ang income ng mga establishment diyan, ang nagku-kubra, si Prieto, may-ari ng doughnut. Do not steal the property of government. Akala niyo kayo lang ang marunong eh putang ina ninyo pati kayo magnanakaw. So do not tell us what to do kasi kayo naghahanap lang kayo ng butas sa inyo. That is corruption of the highest order,” said Duterte.

Duterte repeated his previous warning for the family to leave the Creekside/Mile Long property the legal way or he would ask members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap, a left-leanign group of urban poor, to take over the stores just like they did the idle houses in Bulacan built by the National Housing Authority for soldiers and police.

“Isauli ninyo iyang property, otherwise I would tell the Filipino people go there and occupy your property. Ayaw niyo ibigay? With the Supreme Court ruling, sabihin ko, ‘Inyo. Mamili kayo ng tindahan diyan.’ You (Rufino-Prieto family) choose either you return it the normal way, we follow the law, restore the ownership of government to this particular real estate property,” said Duterte.

“Ipagbili ko ‘yan at gawain kong mga bahay diyan — kayong mga Kadamay, damay na tayo lahat diyan. Kung agawin mo ‘yung sa sundalo na ano — hindi ka nga natakot sa sundalo, eh ‘di ‘yan agawin mo. I do not say anything illegal. It’s property of the government but here comes this TRO sa Court of Appeals. Please. Mapunta na sana sa atin, nag-TRO na naman ang lintik nandiyan sa… Putang ina ninyo. Diyan na naman sa Court of Appeals.Eh kailan makuha ng gobyerno ‘yan? Gusto ninyo bidding. I-bid ko ‘yan. Sinong pinakamataas? Gamitin ko yung gobyerno para pagawa ako ng bahay,” he said.

Duterte said the lease agreement was signed in 1978 for 25 years with the owners of the property, Philippine National Railways (PNR).

“Hindi lang talaga ano kasi from Marcos to Aquino. Si Marcos, ibinigay kay Rufino, ‘yung may-ari ng nga sinehan sa Maynila then itong si Rufino, nag-asawa doon kay Prieto tapos Romualdez. So Cory nanaman, tapos Marcos to Cory,” said Duterte.

“Hindi nasauli, nagkakaso, ayaw isauli ng may-ari si Prieto, ‘yung may-ari ng Inquirer. Tapos kung mag-publish ng salita sa aming mga taga-gobyerno halos magnanakaw na kami na dumating na sa gobyerno. Kaya ngayon, ang Court of Appeals nag-issue na naman ng TRO, anak ka ng… You better… Twice dumating na ‘yan sa Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, the highest court of the land said, ‘It belongs to the government.’ It is really a property of government,” he added.

“I need money to help the Filipino. Let go of the property, it is not yours. I’m going to sell it. Kung gusto ninyo, bilihin ninyo. Highest bidder,” Duterte said.

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Duterte tells Prieto-Rufino to vacate Makati property: I will treat you harshly

The secret Marcos crony: Inquirer’s Prietos bagged deal for Mile Long/Creekside property under Imelda, not Cory

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