Marawi (CNN Philippines, October 2) — Once again, President Rodrigo Duterte denied he’s worth more than ₱40 million, even if his inherited properties are included in the computation.
If anyone can prove otherwise, the President said, “You can shoot me or overthrow me.”
Amid questions on his acquired wealth, Duterte issued the challenge in a speech before government troops and displaced residents of Marawi. This is the sixth time the President went to the city since the war there began in May.
The President reiterated his call for Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign with him and make their bank accounts public.
He stood firm on his earlier statement that he would not allow himself to be investigated by Morales, calling her corrupt. He also said the evidence against him were illegally obtained.
“Mag-resign na lang kami ni Justice Sereno, kami nagpo-problema sa Pilipino. Si Ombudsman, ako daw may billions. O di mag-sign kami. Dalhin namin ang bank books namin. In Congress, doon. Bigyan kami ng lamesa, kaming tatlo we sign. We show our bank. Ako, sabi ko sa inyo, it could not be more than 40 million. It is a lifetime savings. Seventy-two ako. I started to work when I was 27. Naging prosecutor ako. Kasama na ang mga minana kong lupa sa tatay. And I said you can shoot me or you can overthrow me if you want pag sumobra ako noon. Pero di ko sila pagbigyan,” Duterte said.
[Translation: Justice Sereno and I can resign, we give problems to Filipinos. The Ombudsman says I have billions. Well then, we can sign and bring our bank books to Congress. They can give the three of us a table, and we sign. We show our bank (accounts). Me, i’ve told you, it could not be more than 40 million, it is a lifetime savings. I am 72, I started working when I was 27. I became a prosecutor. Along with the land I inherited from my father. And I said you can shoot me or you can overthrow me if you want if it exceeds that amount. But I will not give in to them.]
Duterte led the symbolic transfer of temporary shelters to Marawi’s displaced residents in Bahay Pag-asa.
Fifty nipa huts will be built on a 1.2 hectare lot.
The President thanked all the people helping to build the shelters for the Maranaos who lost their homes in the war, and promised to build a better Marawi.
“Sana po maintindihan niyong mga Maranao na mapalayo tayo sa mga terorista. It will give us nothing except trouble. It is an imported ideology from the Middle East. Tingnan ho ninyo mga kapatid ko na mga Moro. Tingnan niyo kung ano nang nangyari sa Middle East. Used to be the center of civilization for so many years. All the golden things in the past are there. Ngayon wala na, pulpog na. Only because of a terrorist activity. Walang ginawa yan kundi pumatay at magpakamatay,” he said.
[Translation: I hope Maranaos understand that we want to be far from terrorists. It will give us nothing but trouble. It is an imported ideology from the Middle East. Look, my Moro brothers and sisters. Look at what has happened to the Middle East. (It) used to be the center of civilization for so many years. All the golden things in the past are there. Now, there is nothing. Only because of terrorist activity. They did nothing but kill and commit suicide.]
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