MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would no longer allow property developer DMCI to construct more buildings if it evades responsibility after portions of one of its condominiums in his hometown Davao City collapsed during an earthquake.
"You know Consunji, you are already rich, and old like me. You have little time left...Stop f*cking the people," Duterte told broadcaster Ted Failon in an exclusive interview.
The President was not explicit on who he was referring to, but the real estate firm's parent company DMCI Holdings is currently led by its chairman and president Isidro Consunji.
"If you do not come to terms with the people that you prejudiced, I will not allow you to even construct a building, not even a post because I will question the integrity of your company," he added.
Duterte made the remark after parts of DMCI-owned condominium Ecoland 4000 collapsed following a 6.5 earthquake that shook Davao City last October.
Earlier this week, the Department of Humanitarian Settlement and Urban Development suspended the collection of monthly amortization payments from unit owners of the damaged condominium.
The President claimed Consunji has yet to discuss settlement issues with residents of the quake-stricken condominium as he revealed that Congress would investigate the collapse of part of the building.
"Come to think of it, Congress will investigate that. Until now, the owners of condominiums are groping in the dark," he said.
He added that he would also seek an audit of all DMCI buildings.
"I will order an audit of all your buildings and all the violations you have committed. Huwag mo ako pilitin. Sabi ko sa iyo, mayaman na kayo tama na," he said.
(Don't force me. You're already rich so you better stop.)