What does Duterte have to hide?
Philippine Daily Inquirer
President Rodrigo Duterte gets awfully snippy when asked about his sudden influx of wealth, said the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an editorial. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism recently analyzed financial statements from the president and two of his children—Sara, who is mayor of Davao City, and Paolo, former Davao vice mayor—during their years in public office. The president and Paolo saw their net worths roughly triple, while Sara’s went up sixfold. Surely it is reasonable for the public to wonder how that came about. But rather than explain this financial mystery, Duterte responded with his “now patented mode of going after his perceived detractors with curses, gutter language, sexual innuendoes, and threats of retribution.” He claimed the journalists investigating him were crooks, paid by his enemies. Then he contended that the public had no right to poke into his personal finances. “I’m rich?” he said. “I’ll hide it. Why should I tell you where I keep my money? You’re stupid. I might end up getting robbed.” In fact, Philippine law requires all public officials to account for their wealth so we can make sure that our representatives aren’t looting public coffers. Why won’t Duterte clear himself of suspicion?