CHANGE your lifestyle.
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday issued this order to officials and personnel of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) which, according to him, have been the hotbeds of corruption “for the longest time.”
Speaking during the inaugural ceremony of the United Sarangani and Gen. Santos City bloc of politicians led by Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Duterte trained his sights on the two agencies, saying workers there must start living the lives of “ordinary government workers.”
“I don’t want to offend anybody and no particular person is the target [when I say]the BIR is an institution known to be corrupt. Kailangan huminto na kayo [You must stop]. And for the Bureau of Customs, for the longest time maganda any buhay ninyo [you live in luxury],” the incoming President said.
According to him, BIR and BOC officials and personnel have been earning extra money “on the side.”
He warned that he cannot be duped into believing otherwise.
“Huwag na tayong magbolahan. Diretsahan na tayo [Let’s not fool ourselves. Let’s get straight to the point]. This time you have to change your lifestyle. Less expense… try to be just an ordinary government worker,” the President-elect said.
Duterte, known for his acerbic tongue, cursed as he spoke, especially when corruption was the subject.
“I promise to the people. I put at stake my life, my honor and even the presidency itself. Corruption must stop,” he declared, drawing loud applause and cheers from the audience.
“If you really want to help your country, now is the time na ako nandiyan [while I’m there]. All I ask from you is do not lie to me,” Duterte said.
On Tuesday, Duterte warned mayors involved in illegal drug operations to change their ways because he would kill those who will ruin children’s lives.
Speaking at the end of a two-day economic forum in Davao City, he said he will deploy a company of policemen who will be given “special” assignments.
“If you destroy my children, I will kill you,” Duterte said in an hour-long speech.
“I have zero tolerance on drugs and criminality. I would never preside over the affairs of the country with a corrupt police and [with]drugs abound destroying the lives of Filipinos,” he added.
The incoming President particularly lashed at 32 elected mayors who, according to him, are known to be involved in illegal drug operations.
He did not name them but also warned that he knew all of them.