VERA FILES FACT CHECK: In his own words: Duterte sometimes poor, sometimes rich

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President Rodrigo Duterte in some speeches says he is poor, while in others says he is rich. (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Multimillionaire Duterte says ‘I am not a millionaire’)

He sometimes claims he comes from a poor family, but other times says he inherited a fortune from his parents. (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte flip-flops on family’s wealth)

The latest: In a speech Oct. 2 in Marawi City, responding to accusations that his family has bank flows amounting to more than a billion, the president said:

“You can shoot me if it exceeds 40 million. Lifetime na ‘yan sa savings ko. Hindi sosobra diyan. Sigurado ako (That’s my lifetime savings. It won’t exceed P40 million, I’m sure of it).”

Source: Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Turnover of the Bahay Pag-asa Project, Oct. 2, 2017, watch from 14:11 to 14:28

Watch this video to see Duterte’s flipflops on his wealth.

(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative.)


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