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.
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.