“I WILL be harsher against corruption in 2017,” President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday told about 200 new government appointees after swearing them into office in Malacañang.
“It’s your last call to serve your nation and because I am pleading to you na I hope that we can work together, trust each other. And I said give it to the people this time. Now I will be harsh this time kasi new year nga,” the President said.
Duterte also mentioned his house rule against “businessmen” being brought to his office.
“Ako, I promise you, I said, there will be no corruption in my office,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I discourage people ‘yung magdala-dala ng negosyante sa opisina ko.”
Duterte said he has zero tolerance for all forms of graft, whether it involves money or simple neglect of the public’s welfare.
“Year after year, administration after administration, corruption ang [problema]. We might be able to give them (public) a respite,” he said, as he urged the appointees to work hard to serve the people more efficiently.
The new government officials who took their oaths of office included Duterte’s staunch ally controversial blogger Mocha Uson, as board member of the Movie And Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), and his presidential campaign’s social media head Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña, as Social Security System board member, representing the employers’ group.
Also sworn in were Light Rail Transit Authority administrator Reynaldo Berroya and Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor chairperson Terry Ridon.