DAVAO CITY: Mayor Rodrigo Duterte believes the persistent problem of corruption in the Philippines can be remedied if death penalty for plunderers is imposed.
It’s a case of desperate times calling for desperate measures, he said.
“Drastic measures must be done,” he said. “Death penalty must be considered for plunders.”
In a recent meeting with his supporters, Duterte expressed exasperation over the lingering problem of corruption in the government and how it has taken its toll on the people, particularly the poor.
“Corruption has crept into every fabric of the Philippine society,” he said. “Corruption is not only happening in the government, but even in the private sector and the religious sector.”
The mayor of Davao City for 22 years has always been vocal about his stand on the restoration of the death penalty, saying it is a tool that will deter crime.
Duterte, who is being prodded to join in the presidential race, said the Philippines must come up with laws that are tough on corrupt officials.
“Laws must be amended to make it easier to prosecute the corrupt,” he said.
Duterte always takes pride over his “clean” record saying no one can prosecute him for corruption.
“Public money should always go to the people, benefit people, should better their lives. Public money should never go to the pockets of public officials,” he said.
He said: “I have never spent even a single centavo of government money.”
Duterte also wants death penalty for drug lords and criminals.
“I have zero tolerance for drug lords and criminals,” he said. “Drugs and criminals destroy the future of our children. Those who destroy our children do not deserve to be part of our lives.”