Duterte explains why Lucio Tan is untouchable: ‘Pag ginalaw mo, gastusan ka raw ng destabilization
President Rodrigo Duterte explain why no bilyonaryo Lucio Tan has been able to get away not paying due for Philippine Airlines’ use of the airport: president’s were afraid the country’s fourth richest man would bankroll their ouster from power.
“Lucio Tan, six billion, noon pa ‘yan. Walang kolekta-kolekta. Walang bayad-bayad. Kasi matakot na mag-enforce ang ano diyan, mayor o — kasi ‘pag ginalaw mo, gastusan ka raw ng destabilization,” said Duterte in a speech Tuesday.
But unlike past presidents, Duterte said he was not afraid of Tan because he was confident the military would back him all the way.
“Ako, ‘di mas mabuti mag-contribute siya doon. Kasi kung may maniwala pa na sundalo sa akin, siya ang unahin ko. Either magbayad ka tuliin kita uli,” said Duterte.
After Duterte issued a 10-day ultimatum for PAL to pay P7.3 billion in navigational fees or face closure, Tan agreed to settle with P6 billion payable within in the year.
Duterte said he always knew he would go after Tan once he won the presidency.
“Alam mo, two days before the election, Lucio Tan was in Davao City. He tried to have an audience with me to give me the money. Hindi ko tinanggap kasi alam ko balang araw, hihiritan kita. And all others,” said Duterte.
“Kaya wala akong pera. Dito ako nawalaan ng break. Wala akong pera pang magandang jet. Kaya ‘yung jet ko, 1984 model. Pag-landing namin dito sa Naga, nawala ang break, patuloy-tuloy doon sa dulo talaga. Mabuti’t na lang huminto. Anak ng…,” said Duterte who claimed turning down private jet gifted by two businessmen.
Eh wala naman talaga akong pera. So, nagkaroon ako ng pera, last minute, pumunta ako sa ABS-CBN, sabi ko, “Pakitugtog lang naman ito.” Kita mo noon sa Presidential debates, every intermission, nilalabas nila ‘yang mga ano nila. Ako wala.
Tapos sige sila nung ano, para kilala lahat. Eh wala naman akong kilala. Kaya sabi ko, “Sige, kayong hindi nababayan, kayo lahat dito sa akin.” Mas marami man ‘yung hindi nila kilala.