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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night admitted that it was former Fidel V. Ramos who gave him the list of local officials involved in drugs.
In Laos, where Duterte attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. He meets the Filipino community, he then said Ramos visited him four times and persistently convince him to run for the presidency.
“President Ramos went to Davao four times, not three times. Four. Tapos nung una, wala siyang pinakita, basta sabi lang niya, you must run because it’s about time that Mindanao would have its own President. ‘Yun lang ang usapan, limitado,” Duterte said.
Duterte said when the 2nd time around Ramos visited him in Davao City, he showed him the list. He looked at it and among of them were generals and policemen.
He said the list of names was thick and he's still validating some of them.
“The second time, he was strongly urging me to run. Sabi niya, ‘ikaw lang ang makapigil nito kung papano.’ Then he showed me a list ng mga— nandoon na, mga generals— sa droga. Pati pulis, gano’n kakapal, hindi ko pa binitawan ‘yung iba kasi vina-validate ko pa,” Duterte said.
Duterte said he refused to run for president that then because of lack of funds for the campaign. But Ramos made a way and gave him P5 million, he said it comes from different people.
“Nung binuksan namin ni Bong pag-alis niya, P5 million. Pero sabi ko, ‘kanino ito sir?’ ‘Basta halo-halo na ‘yan.’ So hindi ko nga malagay sa election returns kung kanino galing. Anonymous eh, ayaw niyang sabihin. Sabi niya, hindi ko talaga pera yan so inipit na niya ako,” Duterte said.
Last July, When President Duterte announced the list of names of narco-generals involved in illegal drug trade. Several weeks after, he also revealed the names of local officials linked to drugs.