President Rodrigo Duterte branded Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao as “punch-drunk” on the latter’s allegations that that P10.4 billion in funds under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) was lost to corruption.
“Mga kaibigan, ‘wag kayong maniwala P10 billion mawala (Dear friends, don’’t believe the missing P10 million),” Duterte said in his public address on Monday.
“Papayag ba naman ang COA (Commission on Audit)? At hindi lang ‘yan, papayag ba kami? Papayag ba naman ang mga secretary ng mga departamento na may mawala (Will the COA permit that? Will we allow that? Will the department secretaries allow that to happen?),” he said.
“That is a statement coming from a guy who is punch-drunk,” Duterte said.
In boxing lingo, punch-drunk refers to a state where a boxer can no longer keep his balance or coordination because of receiving too many blows to the head.
However, one of the long-term effects of getting punch-drunk too often is decline in cognitive ability.
Pacquiao also alleged that StarPay that the Department of Social Welfare and Development contracted for the distribution of SAP funds only had a “built-in” capital of P62,000. StarPay said it had a much bigger paid up capital and has been accredited by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.