MANILA— Malacañang on Tuesday bared that there was an attempt to bribe President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella confirmed the bribe attempt when pressed on the matter during a Palace briefing.
“Actually that’s really a matter of Cabinet conversation. However, since you have brought it out, he simply was saying… he was not berating Mindanao politicians. He was simply saying that in time past, there was a certain attempt to influence him financially,” Abella told reporters.
However, the Palace official declined to provide any other information on who made the bribery attempt saying only that “these things were discussed — some things were discussed in the Cabinet and it’s best to leave it there for the moment.”
Asked if the President ordered the arrest, prosecution or investigation of anybody involved in the matter, Abella told reporters to “watch DOJ [Department of Justice] go ahead.”
In the meantime, Abella said that the President is strongly against corruption in government and said that those who tried to influence government officials should be scared.
“The President puts priority on anti-crime, anti-corruption and anti-illegal drugs. That’s part of his three-point campaign promise. So he is very high on that,” he said.
“They should be scared… because the law will come down full force upon them,” Abella said.