Duterte refutes House leader’s claim that his is an ‘authoritarian regime in consequence’

Published November 30, 2019, 12:43 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte refuted the claim of Albay second district Representative Joey Salceda that the Duterte administration was an authoritarian regime “in consequence”, saying he never scared any of his allies to do his bidding.

AAA5 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the awarding ceremony for the 2018 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) at the Malacañan Palace on November 28, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Duterte made the statement after Salceda said last week that lawmakers would vote for policies that would favor the administration out of fear of the President.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Duterte maintained that he does not intimidate his subordinates into following his orders.

“Sila ang tanungin mo hindi ako, wala man akong tinakot na tao (Ask them, I never scared anyone off),” he said Friday evening.

“Ewan ko. Wala naman akong sinuntok na congressman. Si Joey Salceda binabati ko naman. So bakit makasabi siya na authoritarian ako (I don’t know why they are afraid of me. I never punched a congressman. I always greet Joey Salceda whenever I see him so why would he call me an authoritarian)?” he added.

The President also said that he has kept his hands off legislative matters, such as the preparation of the budget. He also denied intimidating anybody.

“All my budget are prepared by my economic managers. They budget tapos (and then) they present, they go there to defend the budget for their office,” he said.

“Find out if I ever called any Cabinet member or businessman, or the members of Congress. Pwera lang yung magtawag sila, then I ano… Wala akong tinawagan na isa (Except if they were the ones who asked for an audience then I… But I never called any of them),” he added.

He even said he will step down if any lawmaker or businessman would come forward to say that he used his position to get what he wanted.

“‘Pag may maturo ka na isa sa kanila, sabi nila tumawag sa akin, mag-resign ako (If you can name any one of them, tell them to call me and I will resign),” Duterte said.

In an interview with ANC, Salceda said that Duterte’s administration was authoritarian “in consequence but not in character.”

“Katulad naming mga congressman, boto lang kami nang boto kay Pangulo dahil sa takot namin o ganun (Like us congressmen. We just vote for what the President wants out of fear),” he said last week.

 
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Duterte refutes House leader’s claim that his is an ‘authoritarian regime in consequence’

Published November 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte refuted the claim of Albay second district Representative Joey Salceda that the Duterte administration was an authoritarian regime “in consequence”, saying he never scared any of his allies to do his bidding.

AAA5 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the awarding ceremony for the 2018 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACFMC) at the Malacañan Palace on November 28, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Duterte made the statement after Salceda said last week that lawmakers would vote for policies that would favor the administration out of fear of the President.

In an interview with CNN Philippines, Duterte maintained that he does not intimidate his subordinates into following his orders.

“Sila ang tanungin mo hindi ako, wala man akong tinakot na tao (Ask them, I never scared anyone off),” he said Friday evening.

“Ewan ko. Wala naman akong sinuntok na congressman. Si Joey Salceda binabati ko naman. So bakit makasabi siya na authoritarian ako (I don’t know why they are afraid of me. I never punched a congressman. I always greet Joey Salceda whenever I see him so why would he call me an authoritarian)?” he added.

The President also said that he has kept his hands off legislative matters, such as the preparation of the budget. He also denied intimidating anybody.

“All my budget are prepared by my economic managers. They budget tapos (and then) they present, they go there to defend the budget for their office,” he said.

“Find out if I ever called any Cabinet member or businessman, or the members of Congress. Pwera lang yung magtawag sila, then I ano… Wala akong tinawagan na isa (Except if they were the ones who asked for an audience then I… But I never called any of them),” he added.

He even said he will step down if any lawmaker or businessman would come forward to say that he used his position to get what he wanted.

“‘Pag may maturo ka na isa sa kanila, sabi nila tumawag sa akin, mag-resign ako (If you can name any one of them, tell them to call me and I will resign),” Duterte said.

In an interview with ANC, Salceda said that Duterte’s administration was authoritarian “in consequence but not in character.”

“Katulad naming mga congressman, boto lang kami nang boto kay Pangulo dahil sa takot namin o ganun (Like us congressmen. We just vote for what the President wants out of fear),” he said last week.

 
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