Radical change is needed to end corruption in government - Pres. Duterte

Radical change is needed to end corruption in government - Pres. Duterte

A corruption free government is the dream for most of us Filipinos.

How many years have passed we have not seen an administration where there is no anomaly during their stint in power.

A radical change is needed to put an end to corruption in government, this was the declaration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after showing his frustrations over dishonest dealings/transactions in the bureaucracy.

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“The way the bureaucracy is set up, it is really conducive to or for corruption to thrive. Ganun ang Pilipinas,” Duterte said in his remarks. “You would need a radical change overnight if you want corruption to stop,” he added.

 He gave them a stern warning to government employees not be involved in graft and corruption.

“Now, for being like (Adolf) Hitler, ah I have said kasi sinabi ko na sa inyo, ‘huwag.’ Sinabi ko na sa lahat sa gobyerno, ‘huwag.’ Kaya kung pumasok ka diyan, I’m sorry. It is your headache not mine,” he said.

Duterte tells the story that 2 illegal transactions in one day almost made him resign – this was the Nayong Pilipino lease deal with a casino developer and the ghost delivery of medicines in the military hospital.

He continues to tell the crowd, how he told a group of military and police officials that he was “very sad” to learn about the irregular transactions especially with respect to medicines intended for soldiers.

“In my exasperation, I said you know I am really very tired. I think my mindset now cannot absorb so much of this. And so I said I would like to offer to you my resignation,” he explains.
The President said kicking out of government those corrupt public officials, there is also a need to reduce red tape in government transactions and a fast delivery of service must always be ensured.

One concrete example is when the President instructed the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to streamline procedures on land use conversion after learning some applications were delayed for two years.

DAR hasis known to have a tedious procedures to be followed on land conversion. When a presentation was shown to the President, he comments that such clearance process practically included all government departments except the Department of Foreign of Affairs.

“With those requirements you will ensure corruption and it would come naturally and automatic,” Duterte said, adding such long list of clearances would take the applicant two to three years to complete.

Custom of “under the table”

The President is disappointed that Filipinos are compelled to pay bribes just to fast track processing of their applications or permits.

“Ang problema nito, every table diyan sa opisina ayaw kong mag-mention kasi lahat — ‘pag may fino-follow up ka, basta clearance — basta clearance or a certification from this office, they simply sit on it at pabalik-balikin ‘yung tao until a fixer could whisper na, “bayaran mo na lang.” Ganun ang buhay ng Pilipino [The problem is every table in offices, I don’t want to mention any, if you follow up on a clearance or certification from this office, they simply sit on it. They ask the person to come back and forth until a fixer would whisper, ‘Just pay for it.’ That’s the way of life of the Filipino],” he said.

Public should do its part

As there are programs , laws and regulations are placed to address graft and corruption, the public must also do its part – that is by reporting any irregularity in any government office. The President reiterates again his readiness to receive any complaints at any time of the day.

“They have standing order na maski anong oras gisingin ako. ‘Pag agrabiyado ka sa tao at kinalkal ang ano, report mo sa akin,” he said.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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