President Rodrigo Duterte — Inquirer photo by Grig C. Montegrande
By Nestor Corrales
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday warned that corrupt government officials would be reassigned in areas in Mindanao hardest hit by conflict.
Speaking to reporters at the Davao International Airport after his arrival from Indonesia, Duterte reiterated his campaign against corruption in government.
“When I said that corruption will stop, it will stop. Maniwala kayo (Believe me)…To all government (employees), ‘wag ninyo akong hiyain ditto (do not embarrass me),” he said.
He said poor Filipinos were mostly the victims of graft and corruption in government.
“Huwag ninyong galawin ang maliit na tao, kasi sila ang nangangailangan ng gobyerno (Do not victimize the ordinary people, because they are in most need of the government),” he said,
“Wala nang pahinga ang tao sa kanyang paghihirap (The people have not gotten a break from their hardships),” he added.
The chief executive said he was keen on installing closed-circuit television cameras in government offices.
“I will place cameras there, like a Gestapo. And it’s perfectly alright for me. Why? This is government. This is not a private enterprise. There is no such thing as a violation of privacy there,” he said, referring to the secret police agency of Nazi Germany.
He said the government must be “open” to the people.
“Kung sa gobyerno ka (If you serve in the government), it must be open,” he said.
Aside from corruption, Duterte reiterated his warning to end contractualization in the country.
“You guys in the business sector. I do not want to quarrel with you. I will protect you. I said there will no more be shakedowns in the Customs and in the BIR,” he said.
“I’m warning you again. But with all the protection that this government is giving you, you continue with the contractualization, magka-diperensya talaga tayo (we will really have conflict),” he added.
Aside from drugs and criminality, ending contractualization was a campaign promise of Duterte.
The chief executive has repeatedly threatened to shut down companies engaged in contractualization.
“One day, I might just decide to go to you and close your store,” he said.
“Huwag ninyong abusuhin ang tao (Do not abuse the people),” he added. IDL
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These are some of the bodies of men killed in President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on illegal drugs (so far):
Two women cry in grief after armed assailants in a motorcycle shot their loved one in a main thoroughfare on July 23, in Manila
The body of three alleged drug suspects lie inside a room littered with pink toys and a Hello Kitty cushion. A gun can be seen by one of the men’s feet
A crime scene shows where an alleged drug dealer was killed. There has been at least 300 drug related deaths since the start of July
An alleged drug dealer and victim is found with his head wrapped in tape
A man in a blood soaked white t-shirt lays curled up on the ground next to a handgun
Another two bodies are seen in alleyways after being shot dead in Manila, The Philippines
An alleged drug dealer and victim is seen here with his hands bound and his head wrapped in tape
A woman clutches her dead husband in grief after armed assailants on a motorcycle shot him in a main thoroughfare on July 23
The wife of the victim said he was not a drug peddler and that he was nothing more than a pedicab driver plying his trade when he was shot in front of her
A funeral services worker in a yellow t-shirt is seen alongside police as another body of an alleged drug dealer is recovered in Manila
Local people line up behind a yellow police crime scene tape as police carry out an investigation in Manila
Funeral workers transport bodies of alleged drug dealers and victims of summary executions inside a funeral parlor on July 27
The body of an alleged drug dealer waits to be transported to a funeral home in Manila
This picture was taken at midnight after a drug raid in a large shanty community of the port area district on July 21, 2016 in Manila
A Filipino woman grieves the loss of her husband, next to a placard which reads ‘I’m a pusher’. The man was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines
Duterte has also told police he would protect them from legal consequences if they killed drug dealers, the South China Morning Post reported.
Picture shows the body of a killed Filipino allegedly involved in illegal drugs. Police have confirmed killing more than 110 drug suspects since president Duterte came to power
Police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading ‘I’m a pusher’, on a street in Manila
At least 43,000 alleged drug traffickers have been ‘neutralised’ and 300kg of shabua, a highly addictive methamphetamine, has been confiscated
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710940/Harrowing-pictures-brutal-truth-Philippines-war-drugs-s-seen-300-killed-just-one-month-president-ordered-police-bars-ground.html#ixzz4JO0QuUb2
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