Abella: Duterte did not flip-flop on humble beginnings

  • Presidential spokesman said president not lying on family’s economic status
  • He said Duterte’s family came from humble roots, had enough to live by
  • He also said young Duterte did not live a lavish lifestyle in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – Amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks that his family is not poor, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the Chief Executive did not flip-flop on his family’s narrative.

“It’s not a question of flip-flopping,” he said. “They really had nothing – not naman nothing but meron naman silang suweldo and all that but they were government employees ‘no, so there was nothing there. Except that during anonoong nakapag-impok na ‘yung magulang niya, when the father died meron siyang iniwang inheritance.”

[They really had nothing – not nothing but there was salary and all but they were government employees so there was nothing there. Their parents were able to save so when he died, his father left an inheritance.]

Duterte earlier told Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV not to make wild claims and said his father left him an inheritance.

“If your family is starving then or now, then drag us. We are not as unfortunate as your family. We are not poor. My father was a governor. He left us inheritance,” he said. “You? What was left to you? Air and pride. You are frankly a bandit.”

Abella said Duterte did not enjoy any luxuries when his family transferred to Mindanao when he was a boy.

“Pagdating nila sa Mindanao and especially noong kabataan pa ni Rodrigo Duterte, as a young man, they did not have any luxuries, wala silang lavish lifestyle, hindi sila mayaman [When they arrived in Mindanao and especially during the youth of Duterte, as a young man, they did not have any luxuries, no lavish lifestyle. They were not rich],” he said.

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