MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte was mad "like a fire-breathing dragon" over Nayong Pilipino Foundation's lease deal with Hong Kong's Landing International, his spokesman said Wednesday.
Duterte on Tuesday sacked the foundation's entire board just as it broke ground on a $1.5 billion resort in Entertainment City, the Philippines' answer to Las Vegas and Macau.
"Itong pagkakataong ito talaga nakita ko na parang fire-breathing dragon itong si Presidente. Galit na galit po siya dito sa nangyari dito sa Nayong Pilipino," he said.
(In this instance, the President was like a fire-breathing dragon. He was very mad at what happened at Nayong Pilipino.)
"Nirereview din yung kontrata kasi sabi nga ni Presidente flawed yung kontrata, flawed. Dahil flawed hindi dapat matuloy ang kontratang yan. Bakit napakamura ng presyo, yung hindi dumaan sa bidding," Roque said.
(The contract is being reviewed because the President said it is flawed. Because it is flawed, the contract should not push through. Why is it so inexpensive and did not go through bidding.)
Landing International said Tuesday the project would push through as its contract with government corporations was "valid and effective."
Former Nayong Pilipino Foundation chairperson Patricia Ocampo said she would abide by the President's decision but denied allegations of corruption.