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Duterte wants Ombudsman to probe Gordon for alleged malversation



President Rodrigo Duterte was not yet done from training his guns on Senator Richard Gordon, saying he wanted the Office of the Ombudsman to probe the re-electionist lawmaker over alleged malversation of funds when he was chair of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

In his speech at PDP Laban’s campaign rally in Agusan del Norte, Duterte again accused Gordon of misusing some P86 million in funds while at the helm of the SBMA from 1992 to 1998.

Gordon has yet to comment on the President’s tirades at press time, but he had previously refuted the allegation.

“After I exposed him, what he did was request for a re-audit again. So that’s why I’ll say this now because I won’t be President any longer, I will tell the Ombudsman to, you know, you start to investigate him for malversation,” Duterte said Tuesday night.

The Chief Executive said the state auditors had issued a notice of disallowance for P140 million to the SBMA, but Gordon allegedly held on to the P86 million.

“He diverted the P86 million to his personal account. When he submitted the liquidation, it was disallowed and so he received a notice of disallowance,” Duterte said in vernacular.

“Even the Supreme Court said it was a notice of disallowance,” he added.

Duterte made another unpleasant comment about Gordon’s physical appearance, as he described the lawmaker as a “pregnant penguin.”

The President then told the audience at PDP Laban’s campaign rally to elect the candidates he was supporting and to “replace” senators with controversies like Gordon.

It was not the first time that Duterte poked fun at Gordon. In his previous speeches, he also mocked the senator’s manner of speaking.

Gordon earned his ire after leading the Senate blue ribbon committee inquiry on the administration’s purchase of medical supplies at the onset of the pandemic in 2020. — with reports from MJ BLANCAFLOR