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Bertiz defends Duterte on HK trip: Di niya kailangan ng media stunt, rock star na siya!

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President Duterte’s trip to Hong Kong last week was not a wasteful junket.

ACTS OFW party-list Rep. John Bertiz III said this as he defended the President from criticisms of Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano.

“For the good information of our colleagues in the government, ang Hong Kong, US$830 million ang nire-remit niyan every year, which is total of P43 million, part ng budget ng ating gobyerno,” he said.

“At ang almost 290,000 OFWs sa Hong Kong ay matagal nang hinihintay na makita nila ang ating mahal na Presidente dahil alam nila na ang pamahalaan na ito ay may puso at malasakit,” he added.

Alejano, a staunch critic of Duterte, said that the chief executive’s visit to Hong Kong achieved nothing.

“Aside from giving a speech to about 2,000 mostly Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong and supposedly dining in a fastfood chain, all for PR purposes, what has his so-called ‘working visit’ achieved for the benefit of our country and people? Nothing!” he said.

But Bertiz insisted that Duterte’s trip shows his compassion and support for OFWs.

“Ito, pagpapakita ng malasakit at tapang ng ating mahal na Pangulo dahil lalo na nung nag-impose siya ng ban sa Kuwait, e hindi niya man lang iniisip yung mga diplomatic relationships natin,” he said.

“Ang inisip ng Presidente ay kung paano niya mapapangalagaan ang mga mamamayan which hindi natin naramdaman yan kahit nung mga nakaraang administrasyon,” he added.

The politiko likewise said that Duterte’s trip was not a publicity stunt.

“Hindi na kailangan ng media stunt ng ating mahal na Presidente kasi maihahalintulad ‘yan sa isang rock star na umiiyak ang bawat OFW sa pinupuntahan niyang bansa,” he said.

“Yan ang tinatawag na great leader. Tapos sasabihin niyo junket ‘yung pagpunta or media mileage lang? Hindi kailangan ng Presidente ‘yan,” he added.