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By Prince Golez

Malacañang on Tuesday defended President Rodrigo Duterte’s reluctance to name congressmen allegedly getting kickbacks from project contractors, saying that evidence is needed against them.

Duterte said in a televised speech Monday that he has “no business” investigating solons receiving kickbacks from public works projects, citing the principle of separation of powers.

“I think it’s evidentiary. Sinabi naman ‘yan ni Presidente. Because this is an issue of evidence, mas maganda mag-imbestiga ang Ombudsman,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser.

Roque also defended Duterte’s decision to release the names of judges and prosecutors on the narco-list.

“Pagdating sa mga huwes, siguro dahil nakita ni Presidente mismo, bilang dating piskal, ang ebidensya laban sa mga huwes na yun. Napakadali kasi yan. Unang-una kung ang allegation ay tumanggap ang isang huwes para ma-acquit ang isang drug lord at meron pong ebidensya na ipinakita, well, sa tingin ng Presidente, tatayo ang ebidensyang yun at madali tumayo,” he explained.

“Ang problema dito sa mga ebidensya sa congressmen diumano merong proyekto na niluto ang bidding at ibingay sa contractor na favored na nagbibigay ng porsyento sa kanya. So parang ang dami ebidensya na kinakailangan na hindi naman hawak ng Presidente na personal,” he added.

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