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Duterte’s ultimatum to oligarchs: Return gov’t lands in 3 months or people will take over

President Rodrigo Duterte has given the country’s oligarchs three months to return lands owned by the government which they have controlled for so long or people will occupy them.

Speaking in Bisaya before representatives of labor groups in Davao City Monday (May 1), Duterte gave permission for the people to take over lands which he said belong to the public.

“So within the next three months, I will tell owners of the land which hold government land that don’t pay taxes, amounting to billions, and then you manage government land which you earn from and which no one knows why they’re in your hands in the first place,” he said in his speech for Labor Day.

“If you don’t return government land, then I will ask the Filipino people to occupy the lands that are in your hands. That’s Makati, Pasay—you look for a good place there,” Duterte added.

The President said it is about time that oligarchs who have been enriching themselves at the Filipino people’s expense be stopped.

One of the “oligarchs” which Duterte has criticized in recent weeks is the Prieto family, which has a majority stake in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The President said the Prietos must return to the government the Mile Long/Creekside property they have controlled for more than three decades.

He said they must also pay the P1.5 billion in taxes they owe the government over the operations of their Dunkin Donuts franchise.

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  • dindo perez

    Good! This is long time overdue Mr. President because the previous presidents either had no balls to go against the 10% who control the economy or have had benefited from this oligarchs in terms of percentages. The Aquinos for one with abs-cbn and the Lopezes for Meralco, the Cojuangcos of Hacienda Luisita where they killed many for their greed.
    This is the reasons of communist and muslim insurgencies.
    This is common knowledge but no one previous leaders or politicians lifted a finger for obvious reasons.
    Thank you Mr. Duterte for the bravery to move in giving back to the country what has been stolen or deprived from it.
    By doing this Mr. President, the country will truly have the resources it deserves to develope and compete with its ASEAN neighbors.

  • Mariel Mendoza

    This is good news. Who else are those enriching themselves, occupying the government land that the citizens don’t know about?

    If the Prieto Family does not pay on the real estate taxes that they owe the government– PUT A LIEN ON THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS and withdraw the payment within 6 months.

  • Nope

    Let’s start by calling China to return the Spratly’s to us.

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