Who is Manny Cuevas?
As he lamented the prevalence of corruption in his two speeches on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte tagged a certain “Cuevas” as being instrumental in the rigging government contracts, influencing bidding processes, and getting kickbacks.
Duterte said the man was a player of former Speaker Prospero Nograles and was around every administration, acting as a middleman.
“But here comes the offer of this guy. Naglalaro ito (He’s a player). Cuevas is the name. Naglalaro ito, alam ninyo ‘yan. Ang ginawa lang niya, maski sino, ma-military o pulis, kailangan mo — maniwala,” Duterte said in his speech before the Volunteers against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Anti-Corruption Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay.
(He is a player, you know that. What he does, whoever you are — the military, police — he gives you what you need, believe me.)