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Ping: Duterte will be a hard act to follow

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Whoever succeeds President Rodrigo Duterte may become “boring” – if Duterte’s recent actions are any indication, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Friday.

Lacson noted it was under Duterte’s watch that seemingly untouchable personalities paid long-standing debts or heeded legal orders.

“He made a tycoon pay his P6B unpaid dues sans court order; he made the Rufinos and Prietos vacate the Mile Long property; he made Mighty Corp pay P30B; he is closing the entire Boracay island; he reappoints every retiring PNP/AFP chief. Whoever succeeds him will be boring,” Lacson said in a tweet.

He was referring to tycoon Lucio Tan’s payment of some P6 billion owed by Philippine Airlines to the government in late 2017.

This was after Duterte demanded that PAL settle “in 10 days” its arrears to the government.

Lacson also noted it was under Duterte’s watch that the Rufinos and Prietos, owners of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, vacated the government-owned Mile Long property in Makati City.

Sunvar Realty Development Corp., the Prieto-Rufino family’s property firm, said it would abide by the legal process while the case was on appeal.

Also, Philippine tobacco giant Mighty Corp. paid P30 billion as a tax settlement with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, which filed three tax evasion complaints against it worth P37.9 billion for unpaid excise taxes and allegedly using fake tax stamps.

Earlier this year, Duterte had Boracay closed for environmental rehabilitation after comparing it to a “cesspool.”

On the other hand, Lacson noted Duterte has also reappointed retiring police and military heads, including Eduardo Ano (former AFP chief of staff, as Interior Undersecretary) and Ronald dela Rosa (former PNP chief, as head of the Bureau of Corrections).

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