Press Release
January 24, 2018

Reaction of Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon to the President's departure speech today

"We thank the President for his statement that I have his respect and he considers me a friend."

In his departure speech, the President said, "Senator Drilon, if I talked to somebody urging a case against you sa PDAF, bring that person in my presence and I will resign because you are my friend...Ikaw kasi, kaibigan kita noon pa, nirerespeto kita, and I told you before in front of so many congressmen, sinabi ko na wala akong ginagawa against you."

"I would like to clarify that if I had disagreements with the President, it is always on matters of policy. I have never attacked the President on a personal level."

"In fact, I remain grateful for, and acknowledge, the support the President gave me, as mayor of Davao City, in all my election campaigns. I hope we remain friends. He has my full respect."

"I have never said that the President talked to anyone to file a case against me, or anything to that effect."

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