Duterte slams Ayala, Pangilinan: Maybe you can buy the other presidents, but I’m too expensive

President Rodrigo Duterte, businessmen Manny Pangilinan and Fernando Zobel de Ayala

President Rodrigo Duterte can’t be bought by money.

“They were angry. I said you can’t beat me,” is what the President said against water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water, Ayalas and businessman Manny Pangilinan.

“Maybe you can buy the other presidents, but me, I’m too expensive. I’m a Leyteño after all,” the chief executive added

According to a report by Politiko website, President Duterte was irked of business tycoons Ayala and Pangilinan after the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore ordered the Philippine government to pay Manila Water P7.4 for damages it suffered due to non-implementation of water rate increase.

In 2017, the court also asked the state to reimburse Maynilad P3.4 billion in revenue losses. 

Earlier, the president warned that he will reveal the identities of those involved in crafting supposedly "onerous" provisions in their current government contracts.\

He delivered the statement in a speech at the 120-year presence of the Baptist Churches in the Philippines on Thursday, January 16, while also discussing the difficulty of the rehabilitation done to Manila Bay.

The chief executive stressed that lack of sewage lines which the said firms need to put up in accordance to the Clean Water Act, adds up to the problem during the rehabilitation.

“P*t*ngina that's what pisses me off. Why? Because the violations contained in the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act are all there...I said even if we renew the contract or not, the people should know kung sino (who).... I will reveal all of them, I'm just trying to finish the – I will reveal who they [are] so you can ask them, including the Ayalas and Pangilinan, bakit mo ginawa sa amin yan? (Why did you do that to us?)" Duterte said

"Bigyan mo ako ng sagot. P*t*ngina, pag hindi babarilin ko yung bayag mo p*t*ngina," he added

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