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Ayalas more corrupt than Customs: Duterte

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out anew against the Ayalas, saying they are more corrupt than the Bureau of Customs.

“It’s not merely — it’s not merely in the water sector. It’s in the LRT and some lands that were leased to them. Would you believe it? At 70 pesos per hectare ‘yung lupa diyan sa UP,” Duterte said in a speech delivered in Quezon City Wednesday.

The President earlier ordered a review of the UP-Ayala Land Technohub lease agreement, which is believed to be disadvantageous to the government.

“Talagang if you compute, all the corruptions done by those, ‘yung mga Customs, it pales in comparison sa nakaw nitong…,” he said.

But, that’s not all there is to it. Duterte also criticized the Ayala Foundation, the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, which he likened to Salonpas, a product for pain relief.

“And yet they come up with a program, well-publicized, that they have this foundation sending people to states, the United States, and spending… Pero wala ‘yan pang — pangpa-ano lang ‘yan, kung pa ano pa pang-salonpas lang ‘yan sa sakit,” he said.

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