Duterte blasts 'arrogant' Drilon, accuses him of defending Lopezes

Duterte blasts 'arrogant' Drilon, accuses him of defending Lopezes

MANILA, Philippines — Without mincing words, President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for “arrogantly” making a remark on oligarchs and supposedly defending the Lopezes.

At the start of his penultimate State of the Nation Address on Monday, Duterte was quick to slam “those who take advantage of a preoccupied government” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“One of them is Senator Franklin Drilon. In an interview, he arrogantly mentioned, among others, that oligarchs need not be rich. Then he linked the anti-dynasty with oligarchy and the topic was my daughter and son,” he added.

Duterte said Drilon was “obviously” defending the Lopezes, who owns ABS-CBN which recently lost its bid for a new franchise in Congress.

“This happened after the committee of franchise voted 70-11 to deny the grant of franchise to ABS-CBN,” Duterte said.

“Obviously, he was defending the Lopezes, that they are not oligarchs,” he added.