President Rodrigo Duterte cautioned voters against reelecting Senator Richard Gordon, calling the lawmaker a “scoundrel” and “criminal” who has allegedly been involved in anomalies while in leadership positions.
In an exclusive interview with Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) founder Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, Duterte accused Gordon of pocketing some P86 million when he was chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
“Unang una, palitan ninyo. Do not vote for Dick Gordon. He is a scoundrel. Alam mo noong sa Subic siya, iyong Subic Board, naghiram ng P186 million. Ang 86 nandoon sa chairman. Siya ‘yun eh,” the President said.
“Itong tao na ito is a criminal because he malversed P86 million of the government’s money,” Duterte added.
In a televised address in October last year, Duterte said COA issued a notice of disallowance against SBMA for P140 million when Gordon was its chairman.
Duterte had said he wanted to get the money back from Gordon since the Supreme Court had ruled that the notice of disallowance was final and executory.
In his interview with Quiboloy, Duterte also slammed Gordon, the national chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, for supposed lack of delicadeza.
“Iyang Gordon na ‘yan. Kita mo ‘yung van ng Red Cross? Nilagay ‘yung mukha niya doon. Anak… Kawalang delicadeza talaga,” he said.