MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he’ll explain his wealth “in due time”.
This, in light of a three-part series of the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) which examined his family’s assets.
“Huwag kayong maniwala sa basura ng oposisyon. I will explain it. Sabihin ko sa inyo in due time,” he said in a speech during a campaign rally of the PDP-Laban party in Bacolod City.
(Don’t believe the trash from the opposition. I will explain it. I’ll tell you in due time.)
“Mayaman? Taguin ko. Bakit ko sabihin sa inyo kung saan ko inilagay? Ga*g* pala kayo eh…May pera? May pera ako. Ul*l,” he added.
(Rich? I’ll hide it. Why would I tell you where my riches are? Fools. Money? I have money.)
Duterte earlier credited his late mother, Soledad Duterte, for his wealth.
“Di naman ninyo pagod yun, di ko naman pagod yun bakit ko ilagay sa SALN? Wala akong bayad sa bahay, wala akong bayad sa kain. For the longest time I was living with my mother libre lahat, pati mura," Duterte said over the weekend.
(You did not work for it. It wasn't you who got tired. Why should I put it in the SALN? I did not pay for my house, for my food. For the longest time I was living with my mother, everything was free including cuss words.)
His daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile attributed the growth of her assets to jobs and businesses that she and her husband Manases Carpio have.
“Nag-hanapbuhay naman ang asawa ko at ako. And of course, may mga businesses na nandiyan naman lahat iyan sa SALN (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) namin," Duterte-Carpio told reporters Tuesday.
(Me and my husband also work. And of course, we have businesses which were also declared in our SALN.)
Earlier this week, Malacañang challenged critics of the President to file charges if they find Duterte’s riches to be “ill-gotten.”