President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe at musician and critic Jim Paredes after the latter figured in a video scandal.
While he admits to be foul-mouthed, Duterte said he has never done the things Paredes did in the video.
“Itong Jim Paredes immoral daw ako. Pinakita nga niya yung *t*n niya, t*ng*n* ang liit pa ganun sa totoo lang,” the President said in a speech during a PDP-Laban campaign sortie in Bacolod City.
(Jim Paredes is saying that I am immoral but he showed his…. It’s small to be honest.)
“Hindi ako nagyayabang, napasabi ako ‘hala kaliit',” he added. “Iyan ang mga taong nambabatikos sa akin. Kita mo yung kalidad nila.”
(I said “it’s small.” Those are the kind of people who bash me. Look at their quality.)
Paredes figured in a viral video which reportedly shows him masturbating.
The 67-year-old APO Hiking Society member initially called the video “fake” but later owned up to it, saying the video was not meant for public consumption.
“It was private, and not meant for public consumption. I do not know how it became public. I can only surmise that in this ugly season of toxic politics, muckrakers determined to neutralize my influence by violating my privacy and digging up dirt on me are at work,” he said in a blog post.