Duterte to ABS-CBN: Help promote federalism

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 14 2017 10:02 AM | Updated as of Dec 14 2017 10:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he is willing to compromise with ABS-CBN if the network helps promote his campaign to shift to a federal form of government.

"[P]ero kung magtulong kayo diyan sa federal system campaign at gawain ninyong slogan also for the unity and to preserve this Republic, makipag-areglo ako," he said during his speech at the PDP-Laban's Christmas Benefit Dinner for Marawi at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

"I will go to you and say...Wala akong hingiin. Just dedicate a portion of your time, your expensive and precious time on TV, help us promote federalism, only the good ones," he said.

"But if you think that it is not into your system, fine."

The President again lashed out at ABS-CBN and the Lopez group of companies, accusing the group of not paying its debts to the Development Bank of the Philippines.

"DBP, kayong mga negosyante, alam naman ninyo DBP pabangkarote, why? Because the [inaudible] is the Lopez Group of Companies and their debts were condoned, not paid," he said, without providing further details about the alleged debt.

"Huwag tayong magbolahan dito. If you want to --- lahat tayo may... You expose my wrongs and I will strip you naked in public. Hubaran ko kayo at hubaran ninyo ako. No quarters asked, no quarters given. Kung 'yan ang gusto ninyo. At hindi rin ako gusto maghingi sa inyo ng pabor. Never had," he added.

Duterte made these comments in the context of touting his victories in tax collection, specifically mentioning the recovery of the Mile Long property.

Lopez Holdings Corp earlier said it did not have unpaid debts with the DBP or any government institution. "All debt papers, including those sold by DBP to the [special purpose vehicle] were eventually settled by the company," the company said last August.

Duterte has previously attacked ABS-CBN for allegedly failing to air his campaign ads, and for reporting allegations on his bank accounts.