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Sinong hindi takot? Salceda says many congressmen afraid of ‘authoritarian’ Duterte

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Committee on Ways and Means chair Joey Salceda admitted that congressmen have no choice but to support the policies of the administration since they are afraid of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In an interview in the ABS-CBN News Channel, Salceda diclosed that House members are supporting the legislative agenda of the President over fear of the consequences if they opposed his policies.

“Katulad naming mga congressman, boto lang kami ng boto kay Pangulo sa takot namin,” said Salceda.

Salceda’s remarks came when asked whether or not Duterte’s rule is an authoritarian, after saying that the P50-million cauldron for the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games is only appropriate and best fitted for an “authoritarian regime” because “it needs to symbolize” something with regards to might.

“In consequence, yes (he is authoritarian), but not in character. How can you say that? In effect, yes,” said Salceda.

The Lower House has been aggressive in passing the priority legislations submitted by Duterte to Congress during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July particularly next year’s national budget and other revenue income measures.

Meanwhile, Salceda stressed that the SEAG cauldron “is only proportional to the new and bolder character of the Filipino as coming of age and breaking into the field of emerging tigers.”

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