“Sad to say, there are a lot of media practitioners who succumbed to the temptation of money. And we are talking of millions of pesos here,” Leoncio “Jun” Badilla Evasco Jr., Chairman of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council said.
Evasco added that plans for the coup attempt fizzled out, and the group went international, which is why, he said, American President Barack Obama, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union want to investigate President Duterte on human rights amid the rising number of drug-related killings in the Philippines.
“And it was good they did it because it was an opportunity for President Duterte to enunciate his independent foreign policy,” Evasco said.
“By being rich, America or the European Union or the UN have no right to tell us what is good for us. In pursuing an independent foreign policy, you must be a friend to everybody. And if the President is resisting the bullying of our supposed friend, the United States, it doesn’t mean we are already aligning with the opposite, China or Russia,” he added.
“But I want to tell you, my people in Dapitan and Zamboanga del Norte, they will fail, because anything you do – if it benefits the people – it will never be toppled down,” Evasco said.