President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he is going to Sagay City to distribute land to agrarian reform beneficiaries that has been delayed by corruption.
“I am going to Sagay, whether the rich like it or not, I don’t care, the land will be given because that is the law,” he said
The president made the announcement in his speech during the 2019 General Assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the Manila Hotel.
Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) earlier said the president will be in Negros Occidental on March 8 for the land distribution in Sagay.
He will also join a rally with his 12 senatorial bets, but the venue has yet to be announced.
“Ako pupunta ako ng Sagay. Ni-land reform ko ‘yung – nung una maibigay na hindi pa makuha. Ten years na ganun kasi takot, nabibili. Kasi ang ano diyan corruption eh (I am going to Sagay, the land has been subjected to land reform but they cannot get it. It has been ten years like that because they are afraid, bought…because of corruption).”
“Yung mga tao naghihintay. Awarded sila hindi nila makuha, hindi nila maibigay kay may mga sundalo, pulis. Umalis kayo diyan. Ibigay natin sa… (The people are waiting. The land has been awarded to them but they cannot get it, it cannot be given because there are soldiers and police. You leave the place, let’s give it),” he said.
“Tutal hindi ko batas ‘yan eh. Batas ‘yan ni Cory Aquino. The problem is pati siya nagkaroon ng problema. (Besides that is not my law, it is the law of Cory Aquino. The problem is even she had a problem),” he said in apparent reference to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law.
He also mentioned a killing in Bacolod of someone with a Lamborghini, but did not elaborate.
In a separate speech on Monday during the 1st National Assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas in Pasay City, Duterte also spoke of a millionaire with a lending business and a lot of cars, including Lamborghinis, who died but did not name the person.
Businessman Alex Yao, who was killed on February 19 at the compound of the Redemptorist Church in Bacolod City, had a lending business but the police said he was not in the drug watchlist of the Police Regional Office 6.*
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