By Daniel Llanto

After admitting he takes Viagra for erectile dysfunction, President Duterte threatened to kill illegal recruiters, jail industrialists Fernando Zobel de Ayala and Manuel Pangilinan and block the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN network before earthquake victims in Davao last October and December.

The confession drew laughter from the crowd of mostly evacuees displaced by the quakes. Duterte seemed to have defused the ire of some of his constituents who may have been displeased by reports that he slept or had his hair cut as the province was rocked by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake.

“At the age of 74, I am taking a lot of medicines, including Viagra,” said Duterte. “There’s no more,” he said, cutting short that statement.

“This is what I can say: You can determine those people using it because they have pale skin,” Duterte said, apparently making light of observers commenting on his pale skin and that he is not well.

It was not the first time that the President spoke about Viagra before a big gathering.

Before he became president, Duterte openly declared his relationship with other women, arguing he is single after his first marriage ended.

“I said (to God), ‘After my term, don’t allow me to stay long. Just give me aneurysm,” Duterte said referring to a deadly swelling of nerves due to artery blockage.

“Why will you extend your life if you are in pain and suffering?” he said.

Then Duterte threatened to jail the owners of the two biggest water utilities in the country, Manila Water Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala and Maynilad Chairman Manuel Pangilinan, for committing what he termed syndicated estafa against consumers for years.

’Yung nagtatanong kayo, saan ‘yungbig fish? Saan ‘yung mgacorruption, saan ‘yungmalalaki? Oh, i-deliver ko na sa inyo ngayon. SiAyala pati siPangilinan,” Duterte said.

Ayala and Pangilinan have earned the ire of Duterte over the 1997 water deal between the government, Maynilad and Manila Water, which he called as “onerous.”

The President vowed to go after those behind the contracts, including the powerful businessmen behind the two firms, whom he accused of “economic plunder.”

’Pag nagkamali yang mga gagong yan, ipakukulong ko talaga sila. Huh. Kita mo maskianong insulto ko, hindi na sumasagot. Sigurado swak sila sa syndicated estafa,” Duterte said.

“I want billionaires inside the prison,” he added.

In the list of people Duterte said he wanted to kill now includes illegal recruiters who sell Filipinos as slaves to rich Arabs in the Middle East.

“I would also like to kill those recruiters responsible for the agony of Filipinos in Arab countries,” he said. “Not all but there are Arab countries that still practice slavery.”

He said when a person had been sold to the “slave” market, rape would be inevitable.

On his beef with ABS-CBN, Duterte claimed of unfair treatment during the 2016 presidential campaign period. He repeatedly accused ABS-CBN of estafa for supposedly not providing him the airtime he had paid for during the presidential elections.

He also slammed the network for airing what he deemed to be unfair or slanted reports about him.

Renewing his threat to kill government officials and men in uniform involved in the drug trade, Duterte said he saw no other way to deal with the rogue officials and officers than kill them.

“We are dealing with government officials or officers who are into corruption, especially on drugs,” Duterte said.

“I am warning you again… be it the police, the mayors or village officials: You will die. If you engage in drugs, there is no other way to deal with you except to kill you,” the President said.

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