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Pang-coup d’etat! Find out the 2 crooked corporate deals that Duterte fears might cause the military, police to blow up

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For the last three years, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he has been holding back on revealing crooked deals signed by previous administrations with greedy corporations.

Duterte said these deals were so unconscionable he feared that this might force the hand of the military and police to mount a coup d’etat to stop corruption at the top.

In a speech in Davao City, Duterte cited two examples of this wanton corporate greed that could spark a mutiny. threatening to cause a revolution.

“We have a contract with Manila Gas for until 2077 something. There’s a provision there that says if the contract ends before they even get to start, then they won’t be able to continue with the contract until 2077,” said Duterte.

“If the contract ends by 2040, the profit that they projected to receive until 2077 — that agreement reached some tables already. But we are the ones who are going to pay for the profit that they won’t be able to receive once the contract ends,” he added.

Duterte did not elaborate if he was referring to the bankrupt Manila Gas Corp., a subsidiary of the state-run National Development Co., which has been shuttered since 2001.

“The second thing that I was really upset about is they categorized water — Manila Water — not as a natural resource. But all of that is natural resource, like wood and others. But water for them is not natural resource, but just a commodity. They see water as a mere commodity we have to pay for,” said Duterte.

Duterte said he would not implement these one-sided contracts with provisions that heavily favor the private company.

“If I think that Philippines is too chaotic, I will just leave it as it is. If these contracts blow up, I will be like Poncio Pilato. I will say that I have nothing to do with it, that it did not happen during my term,” said Duterte.

Duterte said the military and the police would not accept these kinds of contracts signed by “previous presidents.” He did not name them.

“I wanted to release this a long time ago, but I was scared that the military and police might have another coup d’etat again. It’s not that they’re opposing me, but probably because they can’t stand it anymore also. I can’t stand it as well. So I will say, ‘Sige, plot a coup d’etat and bring a gun’. It’s better if you have a coup d’etat,” said Duterte.

“Corruption is rampant. I told you even before the campaign that the worst corruption cases are up there, not down below here,” he added.

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