Duterte accuses Del Rosario of treason for claiming China helped him win 2016 polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out again at former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario for claiming that China interfered in the 2016 elections to help him win presidency.

Ikaw Albert... marami akong ide-demanda sa’yo… Ikaw ang hahabulin ko,” the President said in his weekly address. “If we are in olden times, kung at war lang tayo sana, you are guilty of treason.”

[Translation: You Albert, I will sue you for many things. I will go after you. If we are in olden times, and if we are at war, you are guilty of treason.]

The chief executive made the remark after Del Rosario said last week that high officials from China bragged that they used their influence in the 2016 national polls so that Duterte would be president, noting that the information came from a “very reliable international institution.”

“Daldal ka ng daldal diyan, anong China-China magtulong sa akin?... Sixteen million (votes) makuha mo ng tulong sa ibang bayan?“ Duterte said.

[Translation: You keep talking, what are you saying that China helped me? Can you get sixteen million votes as help from another country?]

He also questioned Del Rosario’s nationality and said he wants to meet the former public official to throw coffee at him.

Kung saan ka napulot… hindi ka talaga Pilipino sa totoo lang (You were picked up somewhere. You are not really a Filipino),” Duterte said.

“I want to see you personally. Where can I meet you? Saan ka ba nagkakape-kape? Ibuhos ko iyang kape sa mukha mo,” he said. “Saan ba bahay mo? Ako lang mag-isa, huwag kang matakot."

[Translation: Where do you have your coffee? I will pour that coffee on your face. Where do you live? I will be alone, do not be afraid.]