The P3 million that was added to President Rodrigo Duterte's net worth just months after he assumed office in 2016 represented the amount he supposedly paid ABS-CBN for an election campaign advertisement that the network did not air, the Chief Executive explained on Tuesday.
The amount, which actually ran up to only P2.8 million according to Duterte, was among the last-minute contributions that he received after his ratings shot up in the last few weeks of the presidential campaign.
"Actually yung 2-8 na yan, naging income ko tuloy," Duterte said at the Davao City airport following his arrival from attending the World Economic Forum in Cambodia and the Belt and Road Forum in China.
"Wala man gastos, kasi yung ABS-CBN, tanggap lang ng tanggap. Harap harapan na nakaw," he added.
Instead of airing his material, Duterte claimed ABS-CBN opted to air a TV ad against him that was the subject of a temporary restraining order.
"Yung three million, two million eight, binayad ko sa ABS-CBN para yung propaganda ko makahabol. Despite na inuna ko na, bayad na ako, inuna pa nila yung propaganda na yung sa bata," Duterte said.
"Despite the TRO, ang ABS-CBN lang ang hindi sumunod. They just went ahead pati Inquirer, garbage," he added.
Duterte has repeatedly hit ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer for supposedly being unfair to him.
The Inquirer has already issued a statement standing by its fairness in its coverage of the President.
GMA News Online is still trying to get both media outfits' reaction to the President's latest tirade. — NB, GMA News