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Duterte tells landlords not to collect rent during lockdown: Kahit parang holdupper ako,susunugin ko apartment n’yo pag nagpalayas kayo!

"Kung ang… Ako, nagwa-warning lang ako. Eh pilitin ninyo hindi makabayad ang pamilya tapos itapon ninyo, sarahan ninyo ‘yung bahay. Punta ka ng korte? Sabihin ko sa kanila, "Huwag kayong maniwala sa korte." Hindi makakatulong 'yan. Hindi sana gusto ko ng anarchy. Pero at this time, makialam ako sa lahat ng opisina. It's because it is my duty to preserve the nation. And the only way I can do it is really to impose order," he added.

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President Rodrigo Duterte is appealing to landlords not to collect rent from their poor boarders until the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been fully lifted. Duterte warned that if they kick their leaseholders out of their homes during the enhanced community quarantine, he would raze to the ground their properties.

“Marami na pong report sa akin na ‘yung mga taong ngayon na nagtitira sa upahan na mga bahay ay they are being pressured to pay. Alam mo, lahat tayo nawalaan ng income. So I’d like to ask the owners na kung maaari, ‘yung sa lote, to suspend…‘yung sa bahay huwag mo munang hingiin kasi wala talaga o kaya naghihirap ngayon. And whatever na ang nasa kamay ng mga tao ngayon, they are saving it for the last day, the rainy days to come,” said Duterte Wednesday night.

“Kaya maghintay kayo lessors, nagpaparenta, huwag ninyong madaliin kasi baka wala na tayo o wala ka na na mag-kolekta. You are not even sure if you’d still be around to collect the money. Kaya naghihingi ako. Huwag mong pahirapan ang mga tao,” he added.

Duterte warned judges against issuing eviction notices sought by landlords during the crisis as he advised renters to stand their ground and defy any court order.

“Hindi naman ako nagpakamarunong pa sa mga judges or the judiciary — judicial department of the government. Kung magsabi ‘yang i-evict mo ‘yung tao ngayon sa bahay, sabihin ko talaga sa’yo, “P***, huwag mong sundin ‘yan’,” said Duterte.

“Kung ang… Ako, nagwa-warning lang ako. Eh pilitin ninyo hindi makabayad ang pamilya tapos itapon ninyo, sarahan ninyo ‘yung bahay. Punta ka ng korte? Sabihin ko sa kanila, “Huwag kayong maniwala sa korte.” Hindi makakatulong ‘yan. Hindi sana gusto ko ng anarchy. Pero at this time, makialam ako sa lahat ng opisina. It’s because it is my duty to preserve the nation. And the only way I can do it is really to impose order,” he added.

Duterte said that if landlord refuses to heed his plea for leniency during these desperate times, he would not think twice about burning down their properties.

“Itong panahon ng COVID, hindi naman talaga natin gusto at nandito, at gagawin mo ‘yan, magsalubong tayo. I-evict mo ‘yang tao, pupuntahan — personal kong — pupunta ako sabihin ko, ‘Ibalik mo ‘yung tao. Huwag mong itapon ‘yan sa daan kasi tayo ang mag-e-engkwentro’,” said Duterte.

“Kung hindi mo naman pala gustong tumulong ng kapwa tao mo, sunugin na lang natin ‘yang mga apartments mo. Tutal may bumbero. Tawagin mo. Eh huwag ganun. Huwag ninyong i-pressure. Ayaw kong gustong magsalita na ganito parang hold-upper. Pero if you interpret it that way, holdup talaga ito. Eh hinoldup mo kami sa aming mga pinaghirapan namin o itong mga ‘to,” he added.

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