During his speech in Saudi Arabia, President Rodrigo Duterte said,
Hindi na ako mahirap ngayon, bobolahin ko lang rin kayo. Pero dumaan ako sa ganoong sitwasyon. Na dumating kami sa Davao na walang wala tapos we had to build a shanty just behind Ateneo de Davao University. Eh wet land ‘yan noon eh. And to think that we suffered a demolition, kuwan, eh you’d never believe that a wet land it could be titled in the name of private persons.READ ALSO: Whistleblower Exposes Name Of Media Companies That Earn Millions To Discredit Duterte's Drug War
Kaya ako nandiyan pa, I was 4 years old. Maalala ko ‘yung demolition and I could remember my mother crying. Pati ‘yung kapatid kong babae. But hindi ko malaman, wondering why they were crying at ang tatay ko, sat there in the, one of the sari-sari store in front of the —‘yung bahay na itinayo and I just looked at it aimlessly. Wala naman siyang sinabi. Hindi ako nagbobola, totoo ‘to. You can ask anybody at saka magpunta kayo doon magbisi-bisita kayo sa bahay ko.
An evidence that the Philippine President has a soft heart to the urban poor is when he allowed the members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) to retain the state housing projects in Pandi, Bulacan they forcibly took over last March.