MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday told donors to just go straight to hospitals to give their donations.
In a televised address, Duterte said there are donors who want to give him money.
"I am telling you, we are doing everything honestly. Hindi kami humahawak ng pera. Maraming mga milyonaryo, nagpunta, nagsabing magbibigay ng pera, ipapadaan sa...alam mo na, para malaman ng presidente talagang nagbigay sila," he said.
(I am telling you, we are doing everything honestly. We do not handle money. There are millionaires, they want to donate through me. Of course, they want the president to know they donated.)
"Sabi ko hindi ako tumatanggap ng pera. Idiretso niyo 'yan doon sa ospital," Duterte added.
(I told them I don't accept money. Just give them straight to the hospitals.)
According to Duterte, he does not like handling money.
"Do not come to me bringing money. I do not accept money. Ayaw kong humawak ng pera. Kasi ayaw kong magkuwenta," he said.
(Do not come to me bringing money. I do not accept money. I don't want to handle money because I don't want to compute.)
"'Pag siningil ka balang-araw, nasaan 'yung ano, ayaw ko ng ganoon. Gusto ko wala para pagdating ng panahon sabihin ko ano, anong 'kyah-kyah' mo diyan, ano bang hinawakan ko," Duterte added.
(When they try to ask me in the future, where is the money, I don't like that. I don't want to handle the money so I don't have to explain in the future.)
Duterte, likewise, reiterated that the government's funds are not enough to fight the current health crisis, and that he is willing to sell government assets if the need arises.
"'Pag naubos na 'yung pautang, (When we run out of loans) then we sell the assets of the government. I hope this dilemma that we are facing now ends soon," he said.
The Philippines said Wednesday it secured a $500 million (P25 billion) loan from the World Bank to boost its anti-coronavirus war chest.
The fresh funding will strengthen the country's capacity to prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters including health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said in a statement.
The loan, signed last April 10, is payable in 29 years inclusive of a 10-and-a-half year grace period, he said.
In March, Congress granted Duterte special powers to tap some P275 billion in unused government funds to address the crisis.
Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act law, the government will provide cash aid from P5,000 to P8,000 to 18 million families belonging to low-income households.