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Duterte urges public not to believe in probes, slams lawmakers' 'posturing'

By Quian Vencel Galut

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President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public not to believe in investigations looking into some agency’s fund “deficiencies,” as he slammed the “posturing” of lawmakers.

In his second weekly address, Duterte said such probes only result in nothing as there are “no recommendations, no charges filed, and no persons jailed.”

“Wag ho kayo maniwala dyan sa mga imbestigasyon, imbestigasyon. Kita naman ninyo walang nangyayari. Puro lang, we will investigate, investigate,” Duterte said.

“Pakinggan mo yung ibang senador dyan, meron talagang masabi. After investigation, one or two or three days in your hearing, wala na. Walang rekomendasyon, walang dinemanda, walang na-preso. Puro postura lang, question question. Yan ang mahirap,” he added.

The Senate has recently administered several hearings just after the Commission on Audit reported that the Department of Health (DOH) has “deficiencies” in COVID-19 funding.



“Mga kababayan ko, nagsasabi kami dito ng totoo. At malaman ninyo kung kami ay nagkakamali, hindi natatago yan,” Duterte pointed out.

“Ako, Presidente ninyo, you trusted me, you voted for me so I would be the last person, ako yung pinakahuling taong manloko sa inyo. Pag hindi na ako presidente, patayin niyo ako kung ako’y nagkamali o nagsisinungaling,” he further said.

Last year, due to the alleged P15-billion corruption scandal, the Senate Committee of the Whole filed charges against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

However, Duterte stood up to Duque, saying he cannot find “a good reason” to prosecute the “innocent” health chief.

Moreover, during his address aired on Saturday, August 21, Duterte said will stand by Duque even if it will bring him down amidst other issues hounding the health agency.