Michael Yang has been in business in PH for 20 years: PRRD - TrueID

Michael Yang has been in business in PH for 20 years: PRRD

Philippine News AgencyAugust 31, 2021

TALK TO THE PEOPLE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on Aug. 30, 2021. Duterte said former economic adviser Michael Yang has long been in business in the country after the latter’s name was dragged into alleged overpriced medical supplies purchased by the budget department. (Presidential photo by Simeon Celi)

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said former economic adviser Michael Yang has been in business for some 20 years amid issues of alleged overpriced medical supplies purchased by the budget department.

In his pre-recorded public address aired Tuesday morning, Duterte said Yang, a Davao-based Chinese businessman, was just one of the many businessmen who have invested in the country.

“Michael Yang has been in business here in the Philippines for 20 years. Nag-umpisa ‘yan sa Davao (He started in Davao),” he said.

He cited Yang’s ties with former Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, as some kind of “sidekick" who even accompanied the ex-envoy in meetings.

“Akala ko ba (I thought) we are inviting investors? That’s why we went to China several times to ask them to help us,” he said.

Amid allegations that Yang was linked to illegal drugs, Duterte said China which he considers a friend, would not allow the Philippines to secure deals with Yang if he was involved in illicit drugs.

“Kung totoo, bubulungan kami ng Chinese intelligence na, ‘Huwag ‘yan. Huwag ninyong i-ano ‘yan, ipapasok o do not allow him to…’ Kasi kaibigan ako ng China, sasabihin sa akin ang totoo (If it’s true, Chinese intelligence would warn us ‘Not that. Do not allow him to…’ Because I am a friend of China, they’ll tell me the truth),” he said.

He accused Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon of sinophobia for focusing on Yang's alleged involvement in Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., the contractor linked to the alleged overpricing issue.

In a Senate hearing last week, Gordon showed 2017 footage showing Yang and Duterte meeting with officials of Pharmally.

Duterte also lambasted dismissed police officer Eduardo Acierto who linked Yang to the illegal drugs trade.

“Acierto was one of the top kidnappers dito sa Pilipinas. P***** i** mo. Huwag mo kaming bolahin…Buti’t nawala ka na sa pulis (Don’t fool us…it’s good you were dismissed),” he said.

Malacañang already dismissed Yang’s alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in 2019. (PNA)

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