Interview

Media Interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte following the 65th General Assembly of the League of Cities of the Philippines

Location Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC, Taguig City

Q: Sir, may panawagan po ‘yung ilang lawmakers na sibakin na sa pwesto si DOTr Secretary Tugade for failing to address the problem sa MRT. Ano pong… Would you…?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: I will not do that. I have full trust and confidence in Tugade that he can correct the mistakes there, if there are, and fix it.

I would be resisting the call or if you want to put it in another — I will decline the request.

Q: Sir, meron po ba kayong timeframe for Secretary Tugade to address the problem sa MRT?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: You know, problems they come and go, they crop up everyday of anything. And you must also remember that there is — is it a cliché or is it a colloquial — Murphy’s law, if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. 

And it can happen everyday to anybody.

Q: Thank you, Mr. President.

Q: Maayong gabii, Mr. President. Last week po you had a joint statement with — after the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at nabanggit po doon sa joint statement na you will explore possible means of cooperation on oil exploration sa West Philippine Sea. Ibig sabihin po ba nito, we will be lifting the moratorium on oil exploration — oil and gas exploration in the area?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: It’s one of the possibilities that will happen or can happen or will happen sa South China Sea.

There’s really — it’s an area too big. But I think the players there would really be the ASEAN members who are also claimants. Nag-o-overlap nga eh.

It’s not only between the Philippines and China, it is in China and Taipei, and China and Viet Nam, and China and Malaysia, China and Indonesia.

Wala… ‘Yung atin is one aspect of the problem. The totality of the problem is that almost all claimants are within the ASEAN neighborhood.

So probably ‘yung projected na we jointly explore what we can extract, ‘yung tawag nilang valuable minerals, aside from the ores, ‘yun ang tinitignan nila.

For example, like the black sand, this has to stop. Nobody is allowed. Nobody but nobody is allowed to mine the black sands and export it.

Parang… The scientists claimed that there are valuable minerals or — I forgot the term. Basta ito ‘yung — marami kang makuha na things that are really useful and maybe expensive.

Q: Kailan po kaya ito, sir, mali-lift and ano ‘yung consideration na…

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: I will only lift it when I think the higher interest of the Philippines is served.

Hindi ko basta-basta i-ano ‘yan until such time that we would have reached that level where the highest interest of the country and that is my Republic of the Philippines will be subserved.

Q: Thank you, sir.

Q: Mayor, maayong gabii. Sir, nabanggit niyo doon sa unang speech niyo kanina na babala doon sa mga mining companies na nagbibigay sa New People’s Army…

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes.

Q: Na ipapasara niyo po.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes.

Q: Could you further explain, sir, kung paano?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Because everybody knows and that is of… It’s almost a public knowledge that mining companies are contributing to the taxation of the NPAs thereby giving them also strength, money to buy arms, and bullets and all in their desire to topple down the Republic of the Philippines.

We have to talk. I have to talk to them. For those who cannot resist, then you better close up.

I can always invoke the higher interest of — the dangerous tendency rule of capitulating to the pressure of the communists.

Q: Sir, nalalapit na po ‘yung ano, ‘yung December and anniversary po ng New People’s Army. Magkakaroon pa po ba ng ceasefire ang pamahalaan gayong binabanggit niyo na po ititigil ‘yung pakikipag-usap sa…

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Wala na. It’s an off and on thing which is really something of — it has become an endurance contest.

Ayaw ko na makipag-usap especially the last, ‘yung inambush (ambush) nila ‘yung pulis pati ‘yung bata, the four-month-old while being — sa kamay ng nanay tinamaan.

Kung ganun kayo, tapos mag-giyera tayo, pati ‘yung mga civilian idadamay natin, eh ‘di ‘wag na tayong mag-usap.

Q: Sir, nabanggit niyo. Follow up lang doon sa konteksto po na ‘yun. Nabanggit po ninyo na maglalabas po kayo ng proclamation na…

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes.

Q: Ideklara ito, meron na po?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: 
Terminating the talks and categorizing them as terrorist group. It’s not an entity anymore worth talking to.

Q: Do we have the draft?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE:  Ayoko nang makipag-usap.

Q: Do you have the draft na, sir, o kailan ilalabas ’yung proclamation?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Pinag-aralan… I think… But they are busy here, almost are here. Everybody’s here eh.

Nandiyan kanina si — nakita ko si ES.

Sila ‘yung gagawa niyan eh. And Panelo, I have not seen him around.

It’s a legal thing that they have to craft.

Q: Thank you, sir.

Q: Thank you, sir.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Hindi, hanggang antukin tayo. ‘Di pa nga nakapagsalita itong g**** na ito o.

Q: Hi, sir. Sir, kanina po, naglabas na naman po ng statement ‘yun UN condemning daw your previous statement na if si Rapporteur Agnes Callamard doesn’t stop investigating ‘yung mga EJKs, sasampalin niyo raw sila. Your reaction, sir?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Hindi sila maghinto mag-imbestiga?

Q: Opo. Sabi po nila, sir, kinokondena raw po nila ‘yung sinabi niyo na sasampalin niyo raw po.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Oo talaga. Sabihin niya na — uli sabihin niya na, “Why are you arresting people?” “Why are you there on the ground, making it hard for the people or even killing those who resist arrest?”

Talagang sabihin ko, ‘yung World Report, it is an organ of the United Nations so is the Human Rights Commission. And they are fighting each other and then she brings along a doctor, a black, telling us that itong mga shabu, it does not affect.

Papaano? So may judgment na sila. The World Health Organization says it can — you know, it can produce violent and bizarre behavior.

That is why makita mo, mga bata nire-rape; mga tao, pinupugutan ng ulo. Tapos magpunta ka dito, sabihin mo na hindi ‘yan harmful. Ay na…

Sabihin mo sa kanya, harapin niya ako dito, p***** i** talaga hihiritan.

Binabastos niya tayo. Here is a report of the United Nations, of which the Human Rights Commission is a part as well as the World Health Organization.

Saan mo ako ilagay? You are — you among yourselves are fighting. You are fighting with each other. Then you come to me to put me to task to answer for what?

If you cannot agree with your neighbors there sa United Nations, why are you — why are you pissing me off? Kaya ko sila binabastos.

Biro mo, nag-aaway sila, magpo-produce pa ng doctor dito na itim, magsasabi pa ng g***, “Ah, drugs is all right.”

Tapos ‘yung World Report — World Health Organization — and you can have a copy, I’ll give you, it’s not mine. Ikaw, ganunin ko, maligayahan ka kung ganunin ka?

Q: Sir, good evening po uli. The Mining Industry Coordinating Council po is recommending na i-lift po ‘yung ban on open pit mining. Natanggap niyo na po ba ‘yung recommendation nila?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Alam mo kasi, maski na hindi, wala na ‘yang study, you go to places where there’s an open pit mining and you can see the destruction of the soil mismo, the environment.

‘Yan ang problema because ‘yung mina-mine mo diyan, ‘yung ini-scrape mo, you do not have to dig a hole unlike ores, paikot nang paikot ‘yan, palalim nang palalim.

Ito, they will just scrape the surface of the earth because nandiyan ‘yung nickel.

Nickel is just above the ground. Okay ‘yan, it’s good profit maybe. Pero magtingin ako sa bayan ko na wala naman akong nakikitang trees na sumusunod.

There’s one mining company nakikita ko na marami na ‘yung kahoy. Sinusundan ‘yung ini-i-scrape.

Immediately plant. I must see the trees growing or blooming. Otherwise, why will I suffer for you? I’m referring to the country.

Sisirahan kita. How much do I earn from the taxation? About 70 billion a year? I can let it go. So what kung wala tayo?

Q: So rejected na po ‘yun, sir, ‘yung recommendation niyo?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ayaw ko because it is destroying the — the soil, the environment, at walang corrective measures kaagad.

Hindi na bale sana na may makita ako na mga scraped area, when I go back there to visit the place and I could see a lot of trees growing and the environment corrected of its destruction.

Pilipino kasi ako. Nasasaktan ako sa bayan ko pag ginaganun mo. I mean, it is profit for you and for the NPAs, too.

Q: Thank you, sir.

Q: Thank you. Last question…

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Wala — ikaw, ‘yang intrigadora oh. Bantay ka ha. Tapos ang transmission ng message, maiba na naman. Gaganun-ganun ka, bantay ka sa akin, kagatin kita.

Q: Sir, good evening. Since you’re asking for another question, tomorrow po ‘yung hearing ng House sa impeachment kay Chief Justice Sereno…

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ay, ayaw ko makialam diyan, ma’am.

Q: Okay.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Alam mo, sinabi sa akin merong narinig na si Sereno, “Duterte is out to…” Ha? Ako raw?

She can ask anybody, I guarantee you. I’ll make a guarantee, magtanong siya diyan kung may nilapitan ako na sinasabi ko, “Impeach niyo si Sereno,” except the public.

‘Yung I reacted because of the so many complaints for coming in — from the justices themselves, the way she conducted… But that was it.

Ma’am Sereno, I’m sorry to tell you and you can investigate the whole town and i-commission mo lahat ng mga journalists who are good at investigative journalism, kung may kinausap ako na tao about your impeachment.

Ikaw ‘yan nandiyan eh. Ako, I just echoed, kagaya ng travel. Sabagay ako nagta-travel, pero hindi naman tayo pwede lahat maging Presidente eh. Kung gusto mo palit na lang tayo. ‘Yung mga luxury rooms pati ‘yung…

Alam mo, pati itong mga Cabinet members ko. You point out sa… May Cabinet member ako na mag-travel ng first class, ‘di bukas wala ng trabaho ‘yan.

Travel economy. But if you have the money, okay you — pa-upgrade ka. Pero travel first class that is flaunting. Who would believe that you’re using your own money, mag-travel ka nang ganun?

Ba’t mapaniwala mo ba ‘yung mga kasama mong Pilipino diyan sa eroplano na pera mo ‘yung ginagamit mo? 

Q: Thank you, Mr. President.

 

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