Duterte keeps off China probe of tycoon Huang Rulun

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President Rodrigo Duterte prefers not to interfere with China’s investigation of involvement in alleged corruption of a Chinese billionaire who funded the Philippines’ mega drug rehabilitation center.

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Speaking to reporters, Duterte said he still appreciates Chinese tycoon Huang Rulun’s donation for his administration’s anti-illegal drug efforts but he would not meddle with China’s “domestic affairs.”

“Ayaw ko makialam diyan  [I don’t want to interfere there],” the President said during Thursday’s media interview at a police camp in Davao City.

Duterte added that he knows Huang to be among the richest Chinese and one who has been “kind” to Filipinos.

“He’s a multibillionaire. He has 20 hotels. I would not comment on the domestic affairs of China, especially [on]one who has been kind to us,” he said.

The President added that Huang did not ask for anything in return from him after he donated a mega drug rehabilitation facility to the Philippines.

“He just wanted to be of service to his fellowmen . . . What I know of really because I was there and I was asking everybody, he’s a billionaire. He’s one of the richest men in [China]. I would not venture any statement because people might not like it actually,” he said.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa tulong niya  [I am thankful for his help],” Duterte added.
A report by Financial Times said Huang is facing investigation by Beijing for alleged bribery.

Huang, a Chinese real-estate billionaire, has donated P1.4 billion for the construction of the 100-square-meter mega drug treatment and rehabilitation center at a military camp in Laur, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila.

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