President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to sacrifice his friendship with some of his official in the government if they become the burden in his campaign to eliminate corruption.
The statement is made during his speech at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) ship commissioning ceremony.
The president even borrowed the famous slogan of former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada na “walang kai-kaibigan, walang kumpare,” when it comes to fighting corruption.
President Duterte even admitted that he is disappointed in some of the executive officials that he himself appointed because of their frequent out of the country trips.
He is also annoyed every time he receives reports that these officials are hard to find because of being abroad always.
The president explained that it’s irritating that these officials are personally visited just make them sign some documents but all efforts are wasted because the officials are not in the office and they were asked to go back some other time.
President Duterte even insisted that going abroad for a minor reason can be considered as a form of corruption.
Despite this, the president said that he doesn’t have a personal problem with his friends in the executive but once the interest of the government and the people has been compromised, he is willing to set aside their friendship.
“We are all friends. I don’t have a problem with that. But when it comes to the government interest, let us forget our friendship for a moment,” Duterte said.
Though the president did not give names of the executive officials he makes sure that he will kick him out no matter how big his/her contribution to his presidential campaign in 2016.
The president said, those people who convince him to run for president, they are now the ones committing corruption in their position.
“Look at the irony of it all, very tragic. You pushed me to run because you said you wanted corruption to end,” Duterte added.
I think many supporters of President Duterte are waiting for this moment to give a sample to his ally that not even his closest friend can stop him from cleaning the government and they will taste the law like any other corrupt officials.
Via: Net Citizen