President Duterte told the public not to believe investigations of the Senate as he reiterated that the government is spending public funds properly.
Duterte made the statement amid the Senate’s investigation on the alleged mishandling of coronavirus (COVID-19) funds by the Department of Health (DOH) and the delay on the payment of health workers’ special risk allowance (SRA).
In his second pre-recorded public address on Thursday, August 26, Duterte claimed that nothing comes out of Senate investigations.
“‘Wag ho kayong maniwala diyan sa mga imbestigasyon-imbestigasyon. Kita naman ninyo walang nangyayari (Please do not believe in their investigations. You see that nothing’s happening),” he said.
“Puro lang (They just keep on saying), ‘We will investigate, we will investigate,'” he added.
The President likewise accused senators of “posturing” and playing politics for launching an investigation.
“Pakinggan mo ang ibang senador diyan, meron talagang masabi (Listen to some senators there, they just speak for the sake of saying something). After an investigation, one, or two, or three days of hearing, wala na (then nothing),” he said.
“Walang rekomendasyon, walang nademanda, walang napreso. Puro postura lang (They have no recommendation, no one was charged, no one was imprisoned. They just keep on posturing),” he added.
Duterte asked those who want a seat in the Senate to not follow in the footsteps of those senators.
“Kaya kayong mga magiging senador (Those of you who will become senators), avoid that kind of rigmarole,” he said.
Meanwhile, he reiterated that he was holding his weekly “Talk to the People” to keep the people posted about how their money is being spent.
“Nagsasabi kami dito ng totoo (We are telling the truth here),” Duterte said.
“Ang pinakaimportante (The most important thing is), you will know where your money went at tsaka malaman ninyo kung ano ang totoo sa issue (and you will know what is the truth in this issue),” he added.
This is the third time in seven days that President Duterte has been talking about government spending. His remarks came after the Commission on Audit (COA) cited in its reports deficiencies in some government agencies.