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My DND chief is a “US agent” — Duterte

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Is the country’s defense chief a “spy “of the United States?

President Duterte apparently thinks so.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during the 120th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on April 4, 2017. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) during the 120th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on April 4, 2017.
(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The President said in jest Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has become an “agent” of the US after staying there for a long period.

“Matagal na ‘yan sa America siya. Alam ko siya eh, agent ‘yan siya pero okay lang,

[He has been in America for so long. I know he’s an agent but that’s okay,” Duterte said during the Department of Justice anniversary rites last Tuesday night while sharing how his friendship with Lorenzana started.

Aware of his Cabinet member’s ties with Washington, the President even asked Lorenzana to send a message to the US that he has no disdain for them.

“Sabi ko kasi magbolahan naman kaming dalawa, eh ‘di ito sabihin mo sa kanila. Ako, many — many issues ako diyan sa ano [Since we are fooling ourselves, tell them this: I have many issues with them] but I do not hate America. I mean, I don’t… Wala akong dynamics sa mga tao [I have no dynamics with people],” he told Lorenzana, who was present during the DOJ event held at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Duterte instead warned the United States about the involvement of two international crime syndicates – Bamboo and 14K triads – in large-scale drug trafficking in Southeast Asia.

He said the Philippines has become a “transshipment hub” of illegal drugs to the US. He noted that the Americans are the “richest market” for illegal drugs, compared to the small market in the country.

“Kung maniwala ang America, mabuti. Kung hindi kayo maniwala, mabuti, basta sinabi ko sa inyo,” he said.

Read more: Two international triads using PH as transshipment point for illegal drugs — Duterte

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  • GustoKoHappyKa

    may gad…naka inom na ba ng gamot si Duterte at pati DND chief kagalit na nya… is this the first step para palitan nya ng YesMen nya si Lorenzana….

  • yplay

    MAG BIGTE KA NA DUTERTE! PURO KA DRAMA

    BAGONG IMBENSYON MO NAMAN YAN??

  • MannyKingfisher

    Pdut paano maniwala sa yo ang USA intellegence mo ay parang sa 8 years old lang. mabuti pa ang intellegence ng 7 years old kong apo marunong magsalita ng diretso at may sense pero ikaw naturingang presidente hindi makapagsalita ng tapos parating putol wala pang sense. Kawawang Pilipinas pinagtatawanan ng buong mundo kung bakit ibinuto ang bulol na presidinti.

  • bihayb

    sign the WAIVER!