Confused over his public pronouncements? President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday that it was the Filipinos' problem if they didn't understand him.
In an interview on Thursday afternoon, Duterte told GMA News' Jessica Soho he didn't need to explain his off-the-cuff remarks that at times would later be clarified by his spokespersons and Cabinet officials.
"I think that's the problem also when you communicate, when you make 'yung mga off-the-cuff remarks like that," Soho said.
"It's not a problem actually. If you cannot understand me..." Duterte said.
"The entire Filipino nation, kayo ang may problema," he added.
Asked how the public could best understand his remarks, Duterte said, "I need not explain to you kasi alam mo. Alam ng kayong mga GMA na matagal na diyan, I'm fond of doing it."
Duterte adverted to his remarks in October when he said he would stop cussing, because he heard God telling him he would bring down the plane if he didn't.
Duterte said this was a joke, and seemed amused that this became a news story.
"Sino ba namang magsalita nang gano'n? Ang joker diyan Diyos, hindi ako," Duterte said.
He was then asked about his recent speech, in which he threatened to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter in the same way that he did a kidnapper years ago.
"Kay Tulfo 'yon," Duterte said, in apparent reference to one of the Tulfo brothers, who are broadcast journalists. "Sa column niya noon pa raw."
On whether he killed a person who was not fighting back, Duterte said, "Ano ka ba, executioner? Hindi ka lalaki kapag ganu'n."
Soho pressed him for a categorical answer.
"Ganito 'yan, you can never get a validation from me whether it is true or whether it happened or didn't happen," Duterte said.
"Because you're a lawyer," Soho said.
"Not only that," Duterte replied.
"May tatlong suspect. Walang magsalita. 'Saan 'yung hostage n'yo?' Walang magsalita. Tapos nahuli sila... Sino sila? Walang magsalita," he added.
"Ganito 'yan sa sine lang 'yan. 'Ayaw mo magsalita?' Ihulog mo 'yan. Sa sine lang. Dalawa na lang. 'Ayaw n'yong magsalita?' Magsabi magsalita kami... Ihulog mo na lang," Duterte said.
"So hinulog n'yo?" Soho asked.
Duterte laughed, saying, "Sa sine lang 'yon." —NB, GMA News