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Duterte dismisses recent allegations as “pure garbage”

BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed on Friday night the recent allegations against him referring to them as “pure garbage” and that he already ordered the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to give out information about his financial worth.

In a speech before the PMA Class 1967 where he is an honorary member, the President described the issue as a matter of principle and honor for him.

He reiterated his campaign pledge that should any of his family members or he himself be involved in corruption in government, he will resign immediately from office. He also gave his word that he would not bring shame to PMA Class 1967.

“Kaya ang gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo because it’s politics again. It’s a rehash of what they… it is pure garbage,” the President said in his speech at the Cordillera Convention Hall in Baguio Country Club on Friday, February 17.

“But you know, I’m President. I’ve ordered AMLC and everybody to give information sa ano ang… what’s my worth in this… in terms of pesos in this planet. So hindi ko kayo hiyain,” the President said.

The President said no member of his family or himself is involved in corruption, noting that he has not signed any voucher for extra benefits or accepted allowances. He admitted he only gets his salary.

The President vowed to hit hard against corruption, adding that he must lead by example in order to command obedience.

“You know our people have endured corruption all throughout the years. I would not like to be a person of you know, into the blame game,” he said.

“But at least during my time, there will be a respite for the people. And corruption will really be controlled or stopped. ‘Yan ang masiguro ninyo.”###PND