- President Rodrigo Duterte revealed in his speech that he is closely monitoring all government employees for corrupt practices
- Duterte vowed to dismiss corrupt officials from their posts and file charges against them
- The president also plans on conducting lifestyle checks on government employees to check for signs of corruption
After revealing to the public the names of five police generals allegedly involved in illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned government officials, particularly those working for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), that they too are being monitored closely.
Duterte said that he already has the evidence against corrupt government officials and employees, but the information is still being confirmed and validated.
“I still have to validate it, but I already have the raw information,” the president said during the anniversary ceremony of the Philippine Air Force held in Clark Airbase, Pampanga.
He also urged the new BOC chief Nicanor Faeldon and new BIR chief Cesar Dulay to eliminate corruption in their respective agencies.
“I hope Faeldon would do his thing, stop corruption in customs. And Billy Dulay, I know him. He’s very good, he’s honest, I hope he can deliver,” the President said.
As for the fixers, employees, and officials of the government who abuse their power by demanding money from citizens in order to be provided with a faster and easier service, Duterte told them to stop their illegal practices and warned them about the possibility of going to prison because of their crimes.
The president also seemed to have suggested that the corrupt employees should hope that there is enough evidence against them so that they can be tried in court instead of getting killed without due process.
“E ’pag hindi ko presenta ’yung evidence sa korte, ayaw kitang ipakulong, patayin kita, ’di tabla rin?” Duterte said.
(If I am unable to present evidence in court, I will not be able to put you in jail, so I will kill you to get even.)
The newly sworn-in president also vowed to conduct random lifestyle checks on government officials throughout the year in order to monitor any traces of ill-gotten wealth.