Wed. Mar 3rd, 2021
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President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate on Monday night for allegedly using rebel taxation to pay for his son’s education in Europe.

Duterte said Zarate was fooling everyone when he claimed that his mother was paying for his son’s tuition in a university in Poland.

“I’d like to – I’d like to call the attention of Carlos Isagani Zarate, he’s a congressman. ‘Adre, may anak ka na nag-aaral sa Europe. And sinasabi mo na si Xandro, ‘yung anak mo, ginagastusan ni – ng lola (you have a son studying in Europe. You said your son’s education is funded by his grandmother),” he said in a taped speech.

“You know, baka sabi mo talaga maloloko mo ang Pilipino, lalo na ang – kami dito. Ang lola tinignan namin ang ano, matanda na wala namang propedad, walang income. Paano makagasto ng – (You know you think you can fool Filipinos. The grandmother is already old, she has no income. How can she spend for that)?” he added.

Duterte said that he was probably using funds collected by communist rebels to pay for his son’s schooling.

“At saka kung ang suweldo mo, Zarate, iyan ang ginagastos mo para sa anak mo, pinapasa mo doon sa nanay mo na matanda na (And your salary, Zarate, that’s what you’re using for your son’s schooling, you’re passing it on to your mother who’s old), eh you’re pulling everybody’s leg. Huwag mo kaming bolahin. Baka kaya siguro ang ginagastos mo ‘yung pera ng kinokolekta ng mga NPA dito (Don’t fool us. You’re probably spending funds collected by NPA here),” he said.Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said earlier that the NPA collects P1 billion annually in the form of “revolutionary taxes” from businesses. SOVEREIGNPH

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