Duterte still grateful to mega drug rehab donor » Manila Bulletin News



By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos

President Duterte said he is still grateful to Huang Rulun despite the recent corruption issues hounding the donor of the Duterte administration’s mega drug rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija.

President Rodrigo Duterte (right) talks with Huang Rulun, Chairperson of the Board of Century Golden Resources Group of Beijing, (center) after they inaugurated the Mega Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Nueva Ecija. (Jansen Romero | Manila Bulletin File Photo)

Duterte told reporters in Davao City Thursday night that he would rather not comment on the affairs of China, especially because Huang has been kind to the Philippines.

“I would not comment on the domestic affairs of China, especially one who has been kind to us,” Duterte said.

“He did not ask for anything. He just wanted to be of service to his fellowmen,” he added.

Huang has donated P1.4 billion for the construction of the 10,000-bed capacity mega drug rehabilitation center last year. The center, which began construction almost a year ago, was officially turned over to the Department of Health (DOH) in November, 2016.

However, a report from the Financial Times earlier this week said Huang is currently under investigation over bribery allegations.

“He’s a multi-billionaire. He has 20 hotels. When I was there and I was asking everybody, talagang bilyonaryo ‘to. He’s one of the richest men in [China],” Duterte said.

“I would not venture any statement because people might not like it actually,” he added.

“Iba ’yung tulong. Nagpapasalamat ako sa tulong niya,” Duterte continued.

Huang, founder and chairman of real estate developer Century Golden Resources Group, was Forbes’ 49th wealthiest businessman in China last year with an estimated net worth of $3.6 billion.

Malacañang earlier said it would let Beijing handle the investigation on Huang’s alleged corrupt practices, saying it was an internal matter.

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