- President Rodrigo Duterte delivered a speech while he was in Jolo, Sulu and it was aired on Tuesday morning
- In his speech, he proudly announced that he was able to dismantle the oligarchy in the country without declaring martial law
- He added that he would die happily for putting an end to those who “controlled” the economy and the Filipino people
- The President also claimed that there is a certain wealthy family in the country that controls not just the economy but the elections as well
President Rodrigo Duterte proudly announced in a taped speech in Jolo, Sulu aired on Tuesday morning that he was able to “dismantle” the oligarchy in the Philippines.
KAMI learned that the President is happy to knock down those who “controlled” the economy in the country.
As reported by the Inquirer (authored by Darryl John Esguerra), President Duterte said that he would die happy because he did not have to declare martial law to dismantle the oligarchs.
“Itong mga mayaman na ginagatasan ang gobyerno pati ang tao. Without declaring martial law, sinira ko ‘yung mga tao na humahawak sa ekonomiya at umiipit at hindi nagbabayad. They take advantage sa kanilang political power,” the President claimed.
“Ganun nila nilaro ang bayan ko. Kaya ako mamatay, mahulog ang eroplano, I am very happy. Alam mo bakit, without declaring martial law I dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the economy and the Filipino people,” he said in his speech.
The Manila Water Co. is a subsidiary of the Ayala Corporation led by prominent tycoon Zobel de Ayala. Meanwhile, Maynilad is under the Metro Pacific Group headed by well-known businessman Manny V. Pangilinan.
Last year, President Duterte threatened to file charges and terminate the contracts of Manila Water and Maynilad for their onerous contract with the government. He claimed that the water concessionaire companies owe billions of pesos to the government.
However, when the COVID-19 crisis hit the Philippines, both Maynilad and Manila Water were able to help Filipinos by giving grace periods or extending the due date of the water bill.
President Duterte humbly apologized to Pangilinan and the Ayalas for the “hurting words” he threw at them last year.
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