Duterte on family wealth: Kung pera, may pera ako!
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte will not reveal where his wealth is hidden.
Speaking before a crowd in Bacolod City Thursday evening, Duterte said much of his wealth come from several business ventures.
“Huwag kayong maniwala sa basura ng oposisyon, I will explain it. And besides in all of my — it’s always my law partner’s office and ‘yung nagpapabili kami ng motor. You know I ride the motor. Kayong mga taga-Bacolod alam ninyo ‘yan. And everybody is in the business of big bike. Swap, palit, magdagdag lang ako o magbili ako ng motor mo. Iyan lang naman ang kanila tapos ‘yung kayamanan,” according to him.
“Sabihin ko sa inyo in due time. Mayaman? Eh taguin ko. Bakit ko sasabihin sa inyo kung saan ko nailagay? G*** pala kayo eh. May tao ba ito na — maholdup pa tayo. Kung pera, may pera ako. U***,” the President added.
The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism earlier reported that Duterte and his children Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and former vice mayor Paolo Duterte have “big spikes” in their wealth throughout their years of public service.
In his speech at the PDP-Laban rally, Duterte also stressed that he does not meddle in government contracts and that all he relies on his monthly salary of P200,000.
“You know I’ve been mayor for 23 years, I’ve been a prosecutor for nine years, I’ve been in the practice of law four years before that, and wala akong talo ni isang eleksyon until the presidency. Pero kung sabi ninyo… Tingnan ninyo ‘yang mga basura nila. Wala akong transaksyon sa gobyerno because I do not allow transactions, contract sa gobyerno na aabot sa table ko. Iyan ang maipagmayabang ko,” he said.
“Tanungin mo lahat ng Cabinet members, tanungin mo lahat kung sino gusto ninyong tanungin. Iyang mga transaksyon, contract sa gobyerno na involving private or public funds, they do not reach my table. I have nothing to do with it. It begins and ends with the Cabinet members. Wala kang maturo sa ano. Ni hindi ako nagpipirma ni isang… All I have is my salary — 200,000. Dalawa ang pamilya ko, tamang-tama lang talaga,” the Chief Executive also said.