Senator Manny Pacquiao has named the Department of Health (DOH) as a hub of corruption in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to name corrupt government agencies.
Duterte tells Pacquiao: Corrupt people in gov’t existing since time of PNoy, Arroyo
In a statement Tuesday (June 29), Pacquiao called for a probe to scrutinize the cost of medical supplies bought by the DOH.
“Magsimula tayo sa DOH. Silipin at busisiin natin lahat ng mga binili mula sa rapid test kits, PPE, masks at iba pa. Handa ka ba Sec. Francisco Duque na ipakita ang kabuuan ng iyong ginagastos? Saan napunta ang pera na inutang natin para sa pandemya?” the senator asked.
Duterte challenges Pacquiao: Prove corruption claims or I’ll campaign against you
In a televised speech Monday (June 28), Duterte dared Pacquiao to name corrupt government agencies after the senator allegedly remarked that corruption was “three times worse” under the current administration.
If you fail to do that, I will campaign against you because you are not doing your duty. Do it because, if not, I will just tell the people: Do not vote for Pacquiao because he is a liar,” Duterte had said.
Duterte bursts Pacquiao’s bubble: Corruption won’t be gone if you become president
Pacquiao said he’s accepting Duterte’s challenge. He noted that in a speech on October 27, 2020, no less than the President said corruption was getting worse.
Pacquiao rebukes Duterte: ‘Hindi ako tiwali, hindi ako sinungaling’
“In his own words sinabi niya na ‘I will concentrate the last remaining years of my term fighting corruption kasi hanggang ngayon hindi humihina lumalakas pa lalo.’ Mr. President I feel the same way,” Pacquiao said.
The eight-division world boxing champ, who’s believed to be running for president in 2022, said he’s not a liar.
“Mawalang galang po mahal na Pangulo, nguni’t hindi ako sinungaling. May mga naging pagkakamali ako sa buhay na aking itinuwid at itinama nguni’t dalawang bagay ang kaya kong panghawakan. Hindi ako tiwali at hindi ako sinungaling,” Pacquiao said.