THE intensification of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s nationwide campaign against graft and corruption
in the government service should be welcomed by all sectors of Philippine society.
Since day one of his administration, which started on June 30, 2016, one of Duterte’s
priorities has been the eradication of corruption, along with illegal drugs as well as criminality.
Thus, the people applauded him when he ordered Undersecretary Eduardo Año of the Department of
the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to investigate mayors and governors for graft.
“When I see you are making things difficult (for businessmen) or you allow corruption to
thrive in your locality, then as mayor or governor, I will order…General Año to investigate you,”
The hard-hitting President from Davao City reiterated that he would not hesitate to suspend
any local government official, even those he appointed, if they are found to be corrupt.
Año is Duterte’s top pick to be DILG secretary but he could not assume the post right away
because of a law barring military officers from being appointed department secretary within a year of
For Duterte, one major red flag for a corrupt local official is the delayed action on
documents, like business permits, for them to be able to demand grease money from private individuals.
A lawyer, President Duterte warned local executives and other government officials and
employees: “Give me a reason to doubt about your integrity and honesty and I will fire you.”
Of course, people have no reason to doubt that the Chief Executive will never tolerate
grafters to continue serving in his administration, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.
Kasi alam ng lahat, pati na ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan, na galit na galit si Pangulong
Duterte sa mga taong sangkot sa iligal na droga, korapsyon at katiwalian, at iba pang krimen.