Malacañang on Monday belittled Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s claims of corruption within President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, saying they were unsubstantiated and baseless.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the administration expected Pacquiao to make an atomic-bomb level exposé, but was disappointed as the boxer-politician failed to back up his claims with evidence.

“Watusi po! Akala ko atom bomb, iyon pala watusi!” Roque quipped during his press briefing on Monday.

“Walang kuwenta kasi puro generalized allegations, walang bill of particulars, walang specific instance, walang ebidensiya, wala man lang follow up,” he added.

Roque also said that there was no need for Duterte and Pacquiao to have a sit-down.

“Hindi ko alam kung ano pa ang pag-uusapan nila ni presidente, e nauna na po siyang nagbitaw ng mga salita sa media. So kung talagang gusto niyang makipag-usap kay presidente, dapat hindi muna niya inuna ang media,” the Duterte spokesman said.

Duterte earlier said that he was willing to campaign against Pacquiao, his fellow PDP-Laban member, should his allegations go unproven.

Since making his allegations, Pacquiao has claimed that he only intended to help Duterte quell corruption within the government.

In a recent profanity-laced rant, Duterte lashed out against the boxer and told him to stick with his senatorial duties and work on exposing the corruption he had accused the administration of perpetrating.

Duterte claimed Pacquiao only brought up the corruption allegations after he grew impatient waiting for PDP-Laban to choose its presidential bet.

Duterte chairs PDP-Laban and is being pushed by party members to run for the vice presidency. Pacquiao is the party’s president and is also expected to run in 2022. John Ezekiel J. Hirro