The Malacañang released an edited version of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speeches of “oligarchy” in Jolo, spawning controversy of censoring or suppressing information.
According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Malacañang hasn’t put out a policy of editing the President’s speeches released to the public and stressed it was not intentional.
The edited version of President’s speeches particularly excludes bashing the ABS-CBN network, the two Metro Manila water firms, and other entities over alleged abuses that were later leaked online.
‘Yun namang ABS-CBN, binaboy ako. Pero sinabi ko kapag ako nanalo, bubuwagin ko ang oligarchy ng Pilipinas. Ginawa ko,” Duterte said in the unaired section of his speech. “Without declaring martial law, sinira ko yung mga tao na humahawak sa ekonomiya at umiipit at hindi nagbabayad. They take advantage, sa kanila political power.”
“They supposedly have an investment there. They will send the money, but that investment is gone. The money won’t come back, so there are no more taxes and to think that they talk. They play God over the lives of the Filipino,” Duterte rebuked against the Lopez family allegedly having holding companies in the Cayman Islands and Hungary.
The Malacañang also omitted President’s slurs against other groups, including businessmen Manny Pangilinan, the Ayalas, the Consunjis, Rappler, and communists.