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Duterte says Michael Yang can’t be his economic adviser: Chinese ‘yan!


By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has denied reports that suspected drush pusher Michael Yang is his economic adviser.

“Cannot be because he’s a Chinese. Adviser ‘yan siya na… Even when the Premier of China was here, he was part of the entourage,” Duterte said.

The chief executive made the clarification on Tuesday after veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas reported that Yang, a wealthy Davao-based businessman, is a “presidential economic adviser.”

Duterte, in a media interview with the Malacañang Press Corps, again cleared Yang of drug involvement.

“Michael Yang was there in Davao 20 years ago. As a matter of fact, he is seldom — well, he is often seen with the Ambassador of China. Si Zhao (Jianhua) is a military man and they have the most elaborate intelligence network, mas mahusay pa sa atin dito. Would you think a military man would…,” he said.