President Rodrigo Duterte is doubly proud of his stunning victory in the 2016 elections because it meant breaking the stranglehold of a few powerful individuals in choosing who wins as president.
In a speech Monday night, Duterte said:”Alam mo ba na, tatayo tayo. Magka-prankahan tayo, huwag na tayo magbolahan. Ang presidente ng Pilipinas, dito lang ginagawa sa mga — sa isa sa mga kwarto dito. ”
“Sila-sila lang ‘yung iilan mga, mga big-time, mga negosyante, those who can finance the election and those really who have the money to give away at at saka sige, ito ang ano…‘Yan, sila-sila ‘yan,” he added.
Duterte said even political parties were a sham, ”just mere physical platforms they just stand on…there’s no ideology involved.”
“Iyan talaga ang totoo. Sila-sila lang ‘yan and one of them would emerge as the choice. Iilan lang tao, iilang pamilya lang. You trace the Philippine history. Look at the genealogy sila-sila lang. And because he is popular, ‘okay ito kasi anak ito ng…’ And pati ‘yung sa Senate slate, puro dito. Kung hindi ka malapit dito, pagkasabi ito, ipinu-push ni ano kasi bilyonaryo ito,” he said.
He was proud of breaking the system because nobody picked him to win, no major financial backed him, only two politicians – iIlocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and – supported him, and he had to rely on an almost moribund Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan for his political machinery.
He said that he even rejected a few of the oligarchs who tried to chip in to his campaign.
“Ako, I’ll make it public. I never accepted. You can ask the Megaworld and Tan there. I never accepted their financial ano…Ayaw ko kasing matalian,” said Duterte.
But running his campaign without a party or financiers had one big advantage. “Wala akong bagahe. I can shit anyone that I like and I can talk of anything,” said Duterte.
“Wala akong pabor pabor kasi wala akong utang na loob. Wala akong…Kaya ako, gusto kong malaman ng Pilipinas na for as long as this country, there is no politics involved here,” he added.