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My little bossing? Duterte says he owes a lot to ‘boss’ Gloria

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By: Xave Gregorio

President Rodrigo Duterte bared on Thursday (December 7) that he “owes a lot” to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Duterte said he was “a very close confidante” of Arroyo.

“Alam naman ninyo ang boss ko si President Arroyo,” Duterte said in a speech at the Kapampangan Food Festival in Clark, Pampanga.

“I know that you know that I owe a lot sa kanya. Though I was not really a member of the Cabinet or what not,” Duterte continued. “But I was a very close confidant. We talked about state affairs and— particularly law and order.”

Since he assumed office last year, Duterte had been reappointing Arroyo-era executives back into government.

Duterte had also promised to release Arroyo from imprisonment over plunder charges during his campaign for the presidency.

The former president was released after the Supreme Court, voting 11-4, junked the plunder case against her for lacking sufficient evidence.