President Rodrigo Duterte wants to investigate how local government officials are handling intelligence and discretionary funds, which amount to millions of pesos.
“I will create a special team. I will review your intelligence funds. That’s the easiest to pocket. Those mayors who are not performing, you make your city clean and peaceful,” he said in a mix of English and Filpino.
Duterte expressed his dismay over the inability of mayors and governors to manage garbage in their areas.
“Many localities in the country are so dirty and yet the mayors are not doing anything about it,” he said.
“There is trash and garbage around and if you have to wait for the plastic to go inside the drainage every time there’s a downpour and excessive rain water, nagka-clog,” he said.
The President stressed that the governors and mayors could effectively manage their garbage well because they have discretionary funds.
Local officials who have fancy offices and who use expensive vehicles should be ashamed of themselves, he added.