DUTERTE: SLAP COR­RUPT EXECS

Pub­lic told to air their griev­ances against cor­rupt of­fi­cials by call­ing cit­i­zens’ com­plaint hot­line 8888

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Manila -- Amid his re­lent­less crack­down on cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7, said he was will­ing to give or­di­nary cit­i­zens the priv­i­lege to “slap a dozen times” the erring pub­lic of­fi­cials in his pres­ence.

In a speech de­liv­ered in Pasig City, the Pres­i­dent prod­ded the pub­lic to air their griev­ances against cor­rupt of­fi­cials by call­ing cit­i­zens’ com­plaint hot­line “8888.”

Duterte said Filipinos and even for­eign na­tion­als should is­sue com­plaints against any “at­tempts or de­mands amount­ing to cor­rup­tion” so gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­volved in cor­rup­tion would face pun­ish­ment.

“If you have some­thing against any­body in gov­ern­ment, any­body at all, go to me, I will con­tact you and I will call the per­son you are com­plain­ing against and the three of us will talk,” he said.

“And I as­sure you that if it is in­deed some­thing which amounts to cor­rup­tion or graft, I’ll give you the priv­i­lege of slap­ping that per­son a dozen times in front of me,” he added.

Re­it­er­at­ing that he would not let any­one in gov­ern­ment get in­volved in any un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties, Duterte said he would not tol­er­ate any work­ers in the pub­lic sec­tor to “ask money from [any­one] or even lit­tle fa­vors.”

The Pres­i­dent stressed he would not hes­i­tate to hu­mil­i­ate cor­rupt of­fi­cials, in an ef­fort to help them re­al­ize that they are not do­ing the right thing.

“That way, you placed him in hu­mil­i­a­tion and you maybe shed off his dig­nity,” Duterte said.

“And those are the right reme­dies for an id­iot who is not needed in the gov­ern­ment. Hu­mil­i­a­tion and maybe a loss of face is more than just the money. It is the worst way of los­ing what­ever is left of you in this planet,” he added.

If you have some­thing against any­body in gov­ern­ment, any­body at all, go to me, I will con­tact you and I will call the per­son you are com­plain­ing against and the three of us will talk. Pres­i­dent RO­DRIGO R. DUTERTE

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