DAVAO CITY, June 27 — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to deliver his promises to the people, will be harsh towards criminals, strict to the wrongdoers but caring for the helpless, hopeless and defenseless people.
Duterte emphasized a no let up campaign against corruption and criminality in his farewell message during his last and rare attendance at Monday’s flag-raising rites at the city hall grounds.
The out-going Davao city mayor said he will be harsh to the criminals and strict to crooks in government.
He stressed that corruption added to the lifestyle of some government workers. “Please stop,” he urged.
Duterte also promised government reforms. He wanted the regulatory commissions and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to work on a system on license, permits and passports processing in order to avoid long queue of people.
He said he hated seeing people lining up, others sleeping in pavements for a “first-come-first-serve” basis to get priority numbers in applying passports or licenses.
He would also look into government contracts that also go with graft and corruption.
Duterte, who arrived at half past 8 a.m for the flag ceremony, was at his element joking and teasing workers. He started his talk recalling his uncertainty on running the presidency to the final decision, the campaign, and the success in the election. At times serious at the mention of his anti-drugs and criminality campaign.
“Corruption in government, criminality tatapusin ko yan maski sagasaan kahit sino (I will finish it whoever gets hit). I will stake my life, honor and the presidency even if I lose it. Impeachment? Go ahead,” he said.
Duterte said the drugs problem in the country must be addressed or the country will end up controlled by narco-politics.
He vowed to work for the protection of the children. He said the campaign on the curfew on minors will continue throughout the country. Defying his critics on curfew, Duterte said they are the people who do not understand the law. “When we take into custody the children we protect them from harm,” he stressed. He cited a provision in the Revised Penal Code on the arrest of parents for abandoning or exposing child to danger.
Duterte said curfew must be strictly implemented throughout the country but he promised to decide whether if “I will impose the 1 a.m liquor ban.”
“We cannot be forever be drinking and forever be merrymaking,” said Duterte adding that the vice does not really do good to the country and children.
Duterte will also push death penalty as he dismissed speculations that it is not a deterrent to the commission of crimes.
“I follow the classical theory – magbayad ka sa ginawa mo (you pay for what you have done),” Duterte emphasizing the word retribution.
Duterte said death penalty in the Philippines in the past did not serve its objective because it was not implemented.
“I believe in the retribution. Magbayad ka (You pay),” he said.
Duterte further expressed commitment with the promises he made.
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