‘This is my country, too’: Duterte assures gov’t not lying about COVID-19 response

Published June 1, 2021, 8:37 AM

by Raymund Antonio

President Duterte maintained that the government is not lying to Filipinos and that the opposition is only making up stories to confuse the public.

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his public address on May 31, 2021 (Malacañang photo)

“And ngayon sinasabi ko (And now, I am telling you), I am giving you the guarantee na hindi kami magsinungaling at hindi kami magtimpla-timpla ng sa totoo para lumabas ang ganda (we are not going to lie and we are not going to mix the truth to come out with the good),” Duterte said during a prerecorded public address aired late Monday night.

The Chief Executive promised that if they made mistakes, they would be honest about it to the public.

“What we are really trying to say here is that we are all bound by the truth (and) that is a guarantee coming from (me) bilang isang trabahante ng gobyerno and kasali ‘yan sa oath of office ko na magsasabi ng totoo at hindi magsisinungaling (as a government worker and that is included in my oath of office that I will tell the truth and I will not lie),” Duterte said.

The President told the public that the government “has no business lying to you.”

“Wala akong obligasyon na magsinungaling sa bayan ko. Bayan ko rin ito. At bakit ako magsinungaling eh para man ito sa lahat? (I do not have an obligation to lie to my country. This is my country, too. And why will I lie if this is for everyone?),” Duterte said.

He appealed to the people not to believe the opposition, which he referred to as dilawan (yellow), referring to the color used by the Liberal Party when former President Benigno Aquino III run for president.

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People on social media have criticized the government repeatedly for supposedly lying about its vaccination records, as well as the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country.