Duterte tells Filipinos: Be assertive vs corrupt officials
Robie de Guzman • July 23, 2019 • 840
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 22) advised Filipinos to “be assertive,” and “make a scene” when they encounter corrupt officials.
In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasan Pambansa, Duterte called on Filipinos to help fight corruption in the government by being assertive and making a scene in the government office when they are asked for more than the required payment.
“Kayo rin kasi sinasabi ko na sa’yo, be assertive. At ‘pag kayo hiningan more than the required payment by the government, again I’m telling you, mag-iskandalo kayo sa opisina,” the president said.
(I am telling you, be assertive. And when you are asked for more than the required payment by government, again I’m telling you, make a scene in the office.)
“Make a scene, sampalin mo ‘yang mga ya** na ‘yan kasi aabot rin sa akin ‘yan,” he added.
(Make a scene, slap that person because that report will reach me.)
The president even gave a line that Filipinos may use when dealing with a corrupt official: “[Ang sabi] ni Duterte that if you extort money from me, I will slap you. At sampalin talaga ninyo. Di na bale magka-away. I will defend you.”
The chief executive said he has punished corrupt officials at the Malacañang Palace.
“Ako magprangka sa inyo. Ako lang ang presidente na hanggang ngayon nambubugbog ng tao. Pinapakain ko ng pera ‘yang mga ya** na ‘yan,” he said.
(I will be frank with you. I am the only president who until now beats people. I make them eat bills.)
He also encouraged Filipinos to report corrupt government officials through hotline 8888.
“Be sure that it is true. Though you are not liable for libel, pero ‘wag naman ‘yang makasakit ka ng tao na wala namang kasalanan (but don’t make a report that would only hurt innocent people),” he said.
Duterte, in his speech, also expressed frustration and lamented that corruption in the government remains “pervasive,” despite his crackdown against erring public officials.
“I have fired or caused the resignation of more than a hundred officials and appointees of government without regard to relationship and friendship and alliance,” he said.
Last week, Duterte met with personnel and officials of the Bureau of Customs tagged in corruption allegations to tell them they will be facing administrative raps before the Office of the Ombudsman.
“There is no sacred cow, as the saying goes, in my administration,” he said.
In his last three years in office, Duterte has pledged to run after government officials tagged in corrupt practices.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (November 20) said that he ordered the dismissal of three police officers involved in the body camera extortion case.
The three police officers were allegedly involved in extorting around P5 million from a bidder of body cameras.
“In the police, I—the three majors were working on a body camera and they were arguing because maybe of—because of money. What else? Because of corruption. And so I said, ‘Fire them, dismiss them,'” he said.
Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa identified the police officers as Police Major Emerson Sales, Police Major Rholly Caraggayan and Police Major Angel Beros.
Gamboa also said that he will sign the dismissal papers by Monday (November 25).—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
This was Malacañang’s response to Vice President Leni Robredo and her ally, former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino after they questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s lack of trust in the vice president despite her appointment as co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).
In a statement issued on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Robredo must “understand that one’s election to the Vice Presidency does not automatically clothe the occupant with trustworthiness.”
“Trust is earned. The missteps of the VP did not inspire confidence in the matter of keeping to oneself classified information,” he said.
“Her job in leading the agencies involved in the anti-illegal drug campaign requires competence and creativity. Trust comes into play only as regards the non-transmission of state secrets that imperils the safety of the Filipino people and the sovereignty of the country,” he added.
Panelo also said that the president’s expressed remark should not stop Robredo from performing her new task.
“Since she will not be given access to privileged communication, she should not be bothered by the expressed lack of trust by the appointing power with respect to the confidentiality of state matters requiring secrecy,” he said.
“After all, she is tasked to help end the illegal drug trade in the country and not to get secret information of the government to share the same with her foreign and local peers,” he added.
The Palace official also reiterated that despite her being a member of a political opposition group, she was still given the job to co-lead the government anti-drug body to help address the country’s drug problem instead of “endlessly voicing criticisms.”
“Her designation is a call of duty coming from the Chief Executive to end the illegal drug trade in the country, a rare chance given to her, despite her being in the opposition, to help in the campaign against illegal drugs, instead of being a rambunctious critic who cannot see anything good on the war on drugs initiated by this administration,” he said.
Panelo also asked Aquino to focus on his case still pending before the Sandiganbayan, as well as taking care of his health, instead of “touching on a matter related to the dreaded drug menace that he never gave the attention and importance it deserves during his six-year presidency.”
The Palace official earlier claimed that the country’s drug problem “ballooned in magnitude” due to neglect during Aquino’s presidency. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an ultimatum to state agencies to finish their paperwork by December 15.
The chief executive also expressed disappointment over the continuous red tape in the government despite his several warnings.
“It seems that things are moving very slow and that is why it is still a source of corruption. The longer you sit on the paper or nothing at all—either you are not working,” he said.
“Even the Cabinet members, they have one month to decide. I must have your decision on the papers before you. And I said last night, it has to be December 15. It’s been so many months now. Papers that are on your table must be out with a decision. If it’s for approval, good; if it is for denial, fine. But let it out,” he added.
Duterte also said military and government officials who are too slow in performing their duties should be removed from office.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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