Duterte hits PHL politics, corruption: Just because your mother died then you are qualified to run for president

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President Rodrigo Duterte has hit how previous presidents were elected to office as he hit contracts on water distribution. “Just because your mother died then you are qualified to run for president. Just because the big business, pati ‘yung mga tycoon, mga Chinese, sila ang magpili,” President Duterte said during an event for The Fraternal Order of Eagles at SMX Convention Center, Lanang, Davao City on January 17.

“Itong nangyari sa atin, which I stumbled accidentally. Ito ‘yung kontrata ng Ayala pati ni Pangilinan. They are just distributors of the water. Ang tubig atin ‘yan, hindi sa kanila. It is owned by the state,” he said.

“During the campaign I told you na itong corruption sa baba, wala ‘yan. ‘Yang mga Customs, BIR, wala ‘yan. Sabi ko, dito sa itaas ang pinakacorrupt. Tax exemption, no collection of taxes. Kung ano-ano lang ginagawa nitong… Hindi lahat mayaman na g***. Pero itong mga elitista talaga who choose the country’s leaders. Sila ‘yan. I will not try names. But just because your mother died then you are qualified to run for president. Just because the big business, pati ‘yung mga tycoon, mga Chinese, sila ang magpili. “Ito ‘yung kandidato natin.” “O sige, suportahan ninyo, bigyan ninyo ng pera.” Ganun ang politika ever since. Sila-sila lang sa Maynila. Without offending Manila people – sa Maynila lang ninyo niluluto kung ano ang kapalaran ng Pilipino. Na sabi niyo, “Where’s the big fish?” Sabi ko, “Hintay magdating rin ‘yan”,” President Duterte said.

“And I said, I stumbled on to the greatest rip-off of the country. Trillion ito, trillion na hindi na natin makuha. Distributor lang sila pero ang kayamanan nila para sila ang may-ari. Ang masakit pa dito, ‘yung mga abogado ng gobyerno – I cannot – it boggles my mind to realize that itong mga Pilipino, mga abogado, pumayag na gumawa ng kontra – kontrata in violation of the Constitution and the AntiGraft and Corrupt Practices,” he added.

“Alam mo sa totoo lang, water is a natural resource. It is a valuable property of the state. Alam mo dito sa kontrata, pagbasa ko pa lang, pagsabi pa lang: “for purposes of interpreting this contract in case of conflict, water will be treated as a common commodity.” Doon pa lang pumutok na talaga ako,” he explained.

“At kung sabihin nitong mga ulol na mga media, ‘yung bayaran nila, “Ah, ganito, ganito. Si Duterte galit.” P***** i** ninyo bakit hindi ako magalit? Tingnan naman ninyo ang ginawa ninyo sa bayan ko,” Duterte said.