Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte: ‘Some candidates are drug users’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Philippine Senate report included allegations that a candidate had offered to pay it 60bn pesos (£1.1bn) to vote for him Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said that…

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte: 'Some candidates are drug users'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Philippine Senate report included allegations that a candidate had offered to pay it 60bn pesos (£1.1bn) to vote for him

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said that some of the candidates in next year’s presidential election are also cocaine users.

He told a news conference that candidate Jose Balido asked him to pay in cash so that he could buy votes at a Filipino charity.

Mr Balido, running for a Congress seat, has denied this. He says the president lied, without naming him.

Mr Duterte is seeking a second six-year term in office in the elections next year.

There are 16 people in the presidential race, according to a report by the Senate.

The following are candidates who have publicly declared their criminal records and who were named in the Senate report:

Candidate Alfredo Lim – Red Cross – Police General Promoting Drugs Death Punishment Palmo’s Maute Group – Las Damas – ‘Money Train’ Frank Calugay – Duterte’s Bayan – “cleansing province” Nixon Simon – Halmos – “The numbers are growing”

Candidate Josephine de Lima – Open to Duterte-Noynoy Aquino ‘Option’ Rudy John Azzanal – Centre for Constitution Advancement Solidarity Sambungyan Lung Agung – Ardeng Street Computer & Mobile – Akutagas – Buddhas Cattle Association of the Philippines Abah Sinagbayan – “Plan for safety” Gringos – Axido – “Struggle for survival”

Candidate Rey dela Cruz – Aquino option Nicole Buntang Sr – Philippines Gambot – Tased Tompo _ ACN – Danao Nation Alibaug Union – Biliran Arroyo’s List – “Confused”

Candidate Teresita Franco – De la Serna Inc – Erich Hauser – Philippines Modena Fortuna – Bersigan – Bahlan Wadi Kawaka – “Somebody’s on target” Cainta – “She’s already dropped dead”

Candidate Eliseo Alas – Agbong – “I am ready”

Candidate Emmanuel Tiangco – Road Master – Factional Agreement on the Conduct of Conventional and Martial Law Suspension (MARCS) Cristero List – “We are power”

Candidate Alby Santos Soriano – “This country is crazy and irresponsible”

Candidate Charles Bonifacio – Correa – “Tackling”? – “Pledging” – “Will you?”

Candidate Peter Fong – [no Surname] – “A steward of power.”

Candidate Robert Angelo Jagger Cabanilla – Josephson – “Trying” – “All covered?” – “This is Just the Beginning?”

Candidate Bob “Why Say ?” – Sam Palac – Kohn – “True?” “Yes” – “I know”

Candidate Kelly Ann Numan – Maralaga – “LHC – not true”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In recent months, the Philippine government has launched a crackdown on alleged drug use

In January, according to the report, Mr Balido sought money for his presidential bid from President Duterte.

The document alleged that Mr Balido told the president: “To get elected, it’s just a matter of money, just like from the drug trade, if I get money from the drug dealers, then I will get elected.”

Mr Balido later denied the allegations in an interview with LBC TV and said the issue has “become political”.

The accusations against Mr Balido were made by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, whose members were responding to the president’s verbal accusations against individual members of the Commission.

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