Duterte calls Drilon ‘a friend,’ denies going after him | Inquirer News

Duterte calls Drilon ‘a friend,’ denies going after him

/ 07:40 AM January 25, 2018

Sen. Franklin Drilon INQUIRER file photo

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday denied involvement in the latest claim of alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles that she gave P5 million to Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for the latter’s senatorial campaign during the 2010 elections.

The President said he considered Drilon a “friend.”

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“Senator Drilon, if I talked to somebody urging a case against you about the PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund], bring that person in my presence and I will resign because you are my friend,” Mr. Duterte said.

“I’ve said that it’s not … my style to go after (officials of previous administrations) … Napoles said she had many more things to say … but you’ve been a friend from way back, so I respect that,” he added.

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Napoles is detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on plunder charges in connection with the alleged misuse of lawmakers’ PDAF. —Philip C. Tubeza

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