Duterte accuses Zarate of using NPA funds to finance son’s education in Europe

  • President Rodrigo Duterte accused Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate of using funds collected by NPA to fund his son’s education in Europe
  • Duterte belied the claim of Zarate that it was his mother who is financing his son’s education because she didn’t have any income
  • The President said it’s unfair that the public doesn’t know that their taxes go to rich lawmakers while they remain poor

President Rodrigo Duterte accused Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate of spending “funds collected by communist rebels” to pay for his son’s education in Europe.

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In his latest address to the nation, Duterte raised doubts on Zarate’s earlier claim that his mother has been financing his son’s education overseas. The President said Zarate’s mother has no income and said the lawmaker is just fooling the Filipinos.

He went on, “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 — ”

Duterte went on to say that he believes Zarate is 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, 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,” he said.

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The President said the public doesn’t know that their taxes go to leaders who earn big while they remain poor.

“Hindi nila alam na sila, ang kinokolekta nila, pumupunta doon ‘yan sa mga lider mga malaki ang kita. Tapos sila, hirap. Iyan ang problema diyan sa mga NPA. Nagpapaloko kasi kayo. Alam mo ‘yang koleksyon ninyo, mga siguro 30 percent lang ang maiwan para sa mga suweldo-suweldo ninyo,” he said.

Source :

PNA, CNN