Salceda calls Duterte gov’t an ‘authoritarian regime’

ALBAY 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda dug his own grave after he called the Duterte administration an “authoritarian regime” for spending millions on a gigantic cauldron for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) torch-lighting ceremony.

Speaking to ANC Headstart on Tuesday, November 19, Salceda said the P50-million cauldron is “reasonable” yet “Imeldific,” a reference to graft convict and ex-first lady Imelda Marcos, the wife of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“Kaso ‘yong P55 million, ‘pag nakita mo ‘yong cauldron…mukhang resonable naman. Kaso Imeldific ‘yong dating, may grandiosity. Well, authoritarian regimes are always, you know, because you need to symbolize…” (On the P55 million, if you look at the cauldron…it looks reasonable. But it is also Imeldific, with a sense of grandiosity to it. Well, authoritarian regimes are always, you know, because you need to symbolize…) said Salceda.

Headstart host Karen Davila then pressed Salceda if what he meant to say was that President Rodrigo Duterte is ruling under an authoritarian regime. (READ: 2018: Democracy in decline)