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Duterte’s ‘oligarchy’ remark meant for Lucio Tan, MVP, Ayala – Palace

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte was referring to businessmen Lucio Tan, Manuel Pangilinan, and the Ayala clan when he claimed victory in dismantling oligarchy without imposing martial law, Malacañang said.

On Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that Duterte’s remark during his Talk-to Troops in Sulu province yesterday attributed to the oligarchies that the chief executive has dealt with personally.

“Nandiyan yung unang away niya with Lucio Tan. Pero nag bayad po ng pagkakautang sa airport si Lucio Tan,” Roque said in televised presser.

“At nandiyan yung mga water concessionaires. Talagang sinabihan niya na baguhin niyo ang kontrata. Hindi dapat maging agrabyado ang taumbayan, kung hindi ay ipapakulong ko kayo. Pumayag naman na magkaroon ng amended concession agreement ang dalwang taipans,” he added.

Roque also denied that the statement alluded to ABS-CBN, whose franchise application was rejected by the House of Representatives last week. Since 2016, Duterte repeatedly threatened to block the renewal of the network’s franchise.

“Palagi naman niyang sinasabi sa mga talumpati niya yung mga oligarchs na talagang siya mismo ang bumuwag. Ito namang kaso ng ABS-CBN eh kaso na nag-expire ang prangkisa at hindi ni-renew ng Kongreso,” he explained.

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