President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday cited re-electionist Senator Grace Poe for the lingering traffic problem on EDSA, but said he has no problems if she eventually wins.
In his speech at at the miting de avance of Hugpong ng Pagbabago-Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod in Davao City on Friday, Duterte cited Poe's refusal to grant "big money" to projects that would bring solutions to the situation.
"In Congress, Grace Poe made a comment. She said, 'That amount of money is just too big. We might lose all that money to corruption.' So when I heard it --- we don’t know each other that well --- I told the Congress, 'Never mind. I will not ask for money anymore, forget it,'" Duterte said.
"It is the first time that I named Grace. This is the very first time, in this campaign. She was the one who said it. It was full of malice. It’s as if she thinks she’s the only moral person in this world. That’s the problem with them. But if Grace wins --- ah si Grace," Duterte said.
"I don’t have a problem but that’s the one thing that I can say about her for now. I have more to say, but I’ll save that for some other time."
According to him, he had to look for help "elsewhere" and went to China instead.
"That’s why the situation has remained as it is now. I promised that I will try to solve the problem on EDSA but I would need money for it. Nothing is free in this world." —Jamil Santos/LBG, GMA News