DUTERTE BARS USE OF SIRENS

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DAVAO CITY – Pres­i­dent Duterte on Fri­day urged his fel­low gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to shun graft and cor­rup­tion, stop us­ing sirens, and limit the num­ber of their body­guards.

DAVAO CITY – Pres­i­dent Duterte on Fri­day urged fel­low gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to shun graft and cor­rup­tion, stop us­ing sirens, and limit the num­ber of their body­guards.

"I told them – walang maggamit ng siren at I do not like you to strut around with many body­guards," Duterte said in his speech as he at­tended the 11th Am­bas­sadors' Tour Philip­pine Re­cep­tion at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter here.

"Huwag kay­ong mag-siren, we are not a spe­cial breed. We are just work­ers of gov­ern­ment, we are paid to work. We are not paid to strut around."

He noted that like his fa­ther, who was a for­mer gover­nor of Davao, he is just a sim­ple gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

Duterte also said he will limit body­guards as­signed to gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to just one or two, adding that he used to ride his mo­tor­cy­cle with­out any body­guard when he was mayor of Davao City.

"Tatay ko gover­nor for 10 years dito, when this was only one Davao. We were not even al­lowed to ride on his car, maski naka-park­ing," he re­called.

Mean­while, Duterte rec­og­nized the as­sis­tance of China and the United States in the gov­ern­ment's fight against the Maute ter­ror­ist group in Marawi City.

"The United States helped the Armed Forces in this fight, and China com­mit­ted and de­liv­ered a lot of firearms for us – ‘yung mga sniper," he said.

How­ever, he clar­i­fied that the Philip­pines can­not en­ter into mil­i­tary al­liances with other na­tions be­cause he would be "vi­o­lat­ing" the US-Philip­pines pact.

Thank­ing the par­tic­i­pants of the 11th Am­bas­sadors' Tour for tak­ing time to visit Davao City, Duterte cited their “con­tri­bu­tion to the ad­vance­ment of Filipino-Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties."

"This serves as a spe­cial home­com­ing pro­gram for you so that you can share with your col­leagues your suc­cess as our coun­try’s most re­spectable rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the United States," he said, adding that as Filipinos based in the US, they can con­trib­ute to the coun­try by pro­mot­ing the Philip­pines as an "ideal lo­ca­tion for busi­ness to thrive, and as a great des­ti­na­tion for tourists to ex­pe­ri­ence."

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