In an interview with ANC’s Karen Davila, Roque said Duterte personally told him that he really needed the cash to sustain his social amelioration program and expand it to five million more families on top of the original target of 18 million.
Roque, who did not name the buyer nor the government property to be sold, said the potential buyer said the property could raise up to P20 billion.
In his May 19 briefing with the Inter-Agency Task Force, Duterte reiterated his plan to dispose government assets but he said Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez was opposed to making a fire ale because of depressed market prices.
“Sabi niya na we’ll get a bad deal at this time. I agree but iyong akin naman that sana kung magkawala-wala na talaga ng pera — ewan ko kung saan tayo magkuha pa,” he added.