Duterte insists he isn’t anti-elite
President Rodrigo Duterte has denied that he is mad at the country’s elite, even if he has dealt a financial
blow to some of them in the early days of his administration.
In a speech before members of the Philippine Military Academy’s Alumni Association Thursday (October 4),
Duterte said he just doesn’t want the government robbed of its rightful earnings.
He said it in the context of bashing the Rufino-Prieto family for illegally controlling the Mile Long property
in Makati City and evading taxes for the operations of their Dunkin’ Donuts franchise.
“Talagang galit ako sa mga mayaman na walang hiya. Then sabi niya ‘anti-elite’. Hindi ako anti-elite.
Ayaw ko lang ‘yang lokohan na ganun harap-harapan,” Duterte said.
On the other hand, President was exasperated as he recalled how the owners of the Philippine
Daily Inquirer evaded paying billions of taxes under the Aquino administration, with whom they were perceived to be friendly.
“Tapos ‘yung donut nila walang bayad-bayad measuring two billions. In-survey ni Henares, eight million. Anak ka ng p***.
Dito sa panahon ko, wala ‘yan,” he stated, alluding to previous Internal Revenue boss Kim Henares.
Duterte pursued the Rufino-Prietos for proceeding to gather lease from the inhabitants of Mile Long property
despite the fact that its rent contract with the legislature terminated in 2002.
Hence. the family-possessed Sunvar Realty Corp. consented to restore the property to the administration a year ago after an extended fight in court.