Pacquiao denies ‘attacking’ Duterte, says trying to help with anti-corruption drive

Senator Manny Pacquiao said his efforts to assist in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drive against corruption are being misinterpreted as verbal attacks on the chief executive. 

Pacquiao, an administration ally and acting president of the ruling PDP-Laban, has fielded criticism from his own party mates over his comments on corruption in government.

He said, “I’m not attacking the president. Maybe their perception is wrong but I’m hinting to the president because his advocacy is corruption and I am [helping him].”

Accepting a challenge from Duterte to name corrupt officials and agencies, Pacquiao revived corruption allegations against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and his department, specifically calling into question the procurement of rapid test kits, [personal protective equipment], and masks.

Duque has denied the allegations and said he submitted the DOH’s fund utilization report to Pacquiao’s office for Bayanihan 1 and 2.


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