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Sueno decries being Duterte’s punching bag: Para na kong si Kian!

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Former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno couldn’t help but compare himself to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos, the student who died in anti-drug operations by the Caloocan City police, because of the times President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted him in public.

Speaking to the Philippine Star, Sueno expressed his frustration about being mentioned in the President’s speeches several times due to his alleged involvement in corruption.

“Para na rin akong si Kian delos Santos na nakadapa na, binira pa,‘di lang ako pati pamilya ko ay nasasaktan, my mother is 98 years old,” he said.

“Paulit-ulit na, why can’t he (Duterte) get over it? I’ve been the one suffering… I can’t understand, that’s why I am breaking my silence,” Sueno added.

The last straw for Sueno was the President’s speech on August 22 where he was mentioned, along with another unnamed government official, for his supposedly extravagant travels.

“Eh ‘yung ano, pumunta ng… Cabinet member, pumunta ng Washington, nagpasyal. He went back… He went to Austria to buy a fire truck worth 18 million a piece,” Duterte told members of the Philippine Air Force Dragon Boat team in Malacanang.

Sueno, however, denied flying to Washington, D.C. the entire time he headed the Department of Interior and Local Government.

He also maintained that the deal for buying fire trucks was perfected in 2014 between the Philippine government and Austria.

Sueno said the firetrucks cost only P7 million each, to be paid in 31 years.

“It was a perfected deal and I just went there to sign a new schedule of delivery and to check the accessories, and he (President) didn’t mention it was a grant, it was a government-to-government deal…with a soft loan and a grant portion,” he said.