President Duterte pays his last respects to one of the fatalities in the earthquake during a visit to Porac, Pampanga the other day.
Corrupt execs to receive Rody dismissal letters
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - April 25, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Many officials tagged in irregularities are about to lose their posts, President Duterte said, as he again complained that corruption in the Philippines “seeps down to the core.”

Speaking at a conference of doctors in Pasay City last Tuesday, Duterte said he would fire the officials before he leaves for China to attend the Second Belt and Road Forum.

He left for Beijing yesterday, but Malacañang had made no announcement about the officials as of last night.

“I’m going to work for the next three years. But if you ask me if I’m happy with the job, I am not because of so many corruption and I have to fire... I’m leaving for China and before that I will leave so many letters of dismissal,” Duterte said.

“Corruption is really – seeps down to the core. You have to have something more than just a warning. I’m the only President who... beats up people. You can ask the security guards,” he added.

Duterte said corruption is one of the problems that made him regret running in the 2016 presidential election.

“Maybe it was a very stupid decision. But if you ask me now in hindsight… when I think of the moment I decided to run, that I regret,” Duterte said.

Last October, Duterte admitted he had offered to quit during a military command conference because he could not punish all corrupt officials.

‘Avoid Zamboanga’

Aside from corruption, another problem hounding the country is the presence of armed groups that pose a threat to public safety, the President said.

He warned tourists not to go to Zamboanga because of the threats posed by the Abu Sayyaf, a local terrorist group that has pledged loyalty to the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“There is a certain place which I would not recommend to anybody to go there, not just as yet – is Zamboanga,” Duterte said.

“Some Europeans go there for bird-watching. And they are captured; and eventually they are decapitated even after the payment of ransom. It’s the ISIS actually. It used to be the Abu Sayyaf – it’s a band of brigands but now it’s an Abu Sayyaf territory,” he added.

Duterte claimed that the Abu Sayyaf do nothing but kill and destroy because of a corrupt interpretation of Islam.

“That’s a mass insanity,” he added.

Duterte warned criminals that they do not have a monopoly of evil in the world.

“Don’t even think of it. In front of the people of the Republic of the Philippines, again, I will say, I will kill you. Period. No apologies, no nothing. I love my country. You know, not everybody can be president of this republic,” he added. 

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