During the 23rd anniversary of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Pres. Duterte spoke out against Benpres, which has since been renamed Lopez Holdings Corporation, the firm that owns major shareholdings in ABS-CBN and in the power, property, and telecommunications sectors.
Pres. Duterte was quoted as saying “I will go after itong mga elite. And I will not name the person, but
‘yung mga company nila noon — Benpres and about six other companies —
may utang sila sa DBP. At ang utang nila, umabot ng… to finance this…
pera ng tao, gagamitin nila to finance their business pero kanila ‘yung
kita,” he said.
The President added further that “And yet, they were not able to pay and it was
condoned by government. Kaya noong binabasa ko ‘yung… sabi ko, ‘I will
go after the elite in this country because they are the ones really
who’s benefiting from all of these things,'” he added.
Watch Pres. Duterte During the 23rd TESDA Anniversary:
Pres. Duterte, the former Mayor of Davao City, he had previously threatened to block the franchise of ABS-CBN, which he had accused of not airing his campaign ad during the 2016 national elections.
Aside from ABS-CBN, one of the largest media conglomerate in the country, Pres. Duterte also hit out the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which is owned previously by the Prieto-Rufino family, until it was sold to SMC’s Ramon Ang.
Source: GMA News