Duterte: Gov’t committed to tell the truth but will still be criticized no matter what

Published October 6, 2020, 9:28 AM

by Genalyn Kabiling

The government is committed to tell the truth to the people but will still be criticized no matter what it decides to do, President Duterte said on Monday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on October 5, 2020.

At the start of his televised address Monday, the President lamented that the opposition would often judge the government from bad to worse, regardless of what it does.

“Marami namang haka-haka palagi maski anong gawin ko and the Cabinet. Gawain mo na, masama ka pa rin. Kung hindi mo gawin, mas lalo kang masama (There are many suspicions regardless of what I and the Cabinet do. You do it, you’re still bad. If you don’t do it, you’re worse),” Duterte said in his remarks.

“Either way, it’s not a matter of losing the battle of wits against the opposition and the left, who are out really to — and the NDF (National Democratic Front) — are out to destroy the very government,” he added.

The President, however, urged the public to listen to him instead of falling for the claims of “polluted sources.” He affirmed that he would never lie to the nation about the affairs of the state.

“We are here gathered to render a report weekly to inform the Filipino people of what’s in the air so that you would know and you would be educated and to know the truth not from sources that are polluted and/or contaminated but purely from your government officials who are paid to do their work and to do their work truthfully kaya kami nandito (that’s why we are here),” Duterte said during a meeting with Cabinet officials on the government’s pandemic response.

“So dito ho kayo makinig sa akin. Sabi ko, wala naman akong obligation na magsasabi ng sinungaling (So listen to me. I said I have no obligation to tell lies),” he added.

Duterte, however, left it to the discretion of the public to discern whether or not to believe the government.

“Kung maniwala kayo, mabuti. Kung hindi, that is not my problem (If you believe us, then good. If not, that is not my problem). That is what is happening in the nation,” he added.

The President had previously defended the government, saying it was doing its best to address the coronavirus pandemic following criticisms from the opposition about alleged lapses. He also asked the public not to believe the criticisms of his rivals, adding these might add to their worries amid the pandemic.