President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he would start talking about the May 9 elections and candidates in due time, as part of his job as the head of the country.
“I will personally name the candidates and maybe what’s wrong with them for the people to know because you are electing a president. Who is the most corrupt candidate,” Duterte said partly in Filipino in his prerecorded Talk to the People aired on Tuesday morning.
Duterte noted that this move is not a form of politicking, but rather merely informing the public based on the information he received.
“I am not politicking. I am talking to you as your President. There are things that which you must know I need to announce it because we are talking of elections, we are talking of our country and the next rulers, so to say, so to speak,” he said in Filipino.
Duterte said he only wants the people to know what he knows.
“If you want to believe in me, if you still believe me, I will tell you. But if you reject it, if you don’t want to believe, then it’s up to you anway it’s your country, it’s not only mine, and you just need to know what I know. Why? Because I am the President and I get all information from everybody and not only that, from personal experience,” he said partly in Filipino.
He said one of the candidates “really cannot be a president” while another candidate can be elected president, but is “too corrupt.”
“People thought that candidate is spotless but those businessmen who has had official transactions with this candidate, even the Chinese are complaining of being so much corrupt,” Duterte said in Filipino.
“I said, all I can do is to charge him for corruption so I said that what I can do is charge him for corruption. It could be under the Revised Penal Code, or the Corrupt Practices Act,” he added partly in Filipino.
Duterte did not mention any name and emphasized that he is not looking for a fight, especially now that he is already retiring from politics.