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Duterte on VP Leni’s remark on accepting gifts: ‘Kung ikaw ang Presidente ng Pilipinas, patay’

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday lambasted Vice President Leni Robredo who criticized him for allowing government workers to accept gifts of nominal value.

Robredo earlier said police officers can’t accept gifts, citing Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The law prohibits government officials and employees from receiving any gifts.

“I quoted the very words sa Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices. There is an exception there. Nominal. I used the word ‘nominal’ and out of gratitude. Alam mo, ang Pilipino ganun. Hindi man ako basta nagasumbong — mag-ano ng bunganga,” Duterte said Tuesday.

“Tapos si Leni talaga, kasi illegal and unconstitutional. Hay, sabi ko, ma’am, kung ikaw ang ma-Presidente ng Pilipinas, patay. You do not even read a book and that is a major policy.

“Yung… Magtanggap ka, that is a… Ngayon, kung you are able to solve a crime, tapos bigyan ka ng Mercedes-Benz, ah p***** i** ka, kalokohan na ‘yan. Ibig sabihin tinakot mo na ‘yung na-kidnap na, ‘ako na ang kikidnap (kidnap) sa’yo sunod. Mercedes…’,” the President added.

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