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Duterte to Ayalas, Pangilinan: Maybe you can buy the other presidents, but I’m too expensive

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte does not care so much about money.

Speaking against water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water, Duterte said the Ayalas and businessman Manny Pangilinan cannot beat him with all their money.

“They were angry. I said you can’t beat me,” the President said.

“Maybe you can buy the other presidents, but me, I’m too expensive. I’m a Leyteño after all,” he added.

The Ayalas and Pangilinan drew the ire of Duterte after the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore ordered the government to pay Manila Water P7.4 billion for the damages it suffered from the non-implementation of water rate hikes.

In 2017, the court also asked the state to reimburse Maynilad P3.4 billion in revenue losses.

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