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End to corruption in BIR, BoC sought

  • Written by EMontano
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INCOMING President Rodrigo Duterte wants corruption stopped at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BoC).

Duterte said the public can directly report corrupt practices of government officials to him via 12 phone lines to be open 24 hours a day.

“Makakatawag kayo kung sinoman [kayo],” Duterte said before his audience at the thanksgiving party in Cebu Saturday night.

He said that subordinates can report through the phone lines their corrupt bosses.

“Ngayon kayong mga subordinate, kung ang inyong hepe pipilitin kayo sa pagpirma. Checker kayo o ano, tawagan n’yo ako walay seremonya, ang inyong superior gawin kong checker,” he said.
   
Duterte added that he will not think twice in humiliating corrupt government officials in public.
   
“Para magtanda... Pahihiyain ko kayo. You better stop it because I will humiliate you. Ganun talaga gawin ko. ‘Ikaw, ano ka? Maliit lang ako dito. Halika, utusan mo ‘yan (corrupt official),’” he said.
   
Other government agencies Duterte wants to be cleaned up include the  Department of Transportation and Communications and the Department of Public Works and Highways.
   
During his speech, which lasted for more than 40 minutes, Duterte said he would feel successful as a president if he is able to rid the government of corruption, reduce criminality by getting rid illegal drugs and sign peace deals with the Communist Party of the Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
   
He also expressed determination to work for the government’s shift to a federal system.
   
“If I could talk to the [MILF, MNLF] tapos makakuha ako ng garantiya na in the meantime na magsisige pa tayong magsisikap para sa federal system, tigil muna tayo ng giyera... Kung mapaplantsa ko lang ‘yan, tapos masolusyonan ko droga and corruption, okey na ako,” Duterte said.
   
He also reiterated that he intends to neutralize as many drug dealers during his six-year term to solve the drug problem in the country.
   
Under his administration, Duterte said he wants the long lines at the BIR, the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to stop.
   
He said that applicants for licenses or passports should be advised to return at a specific date so they do not have to wait in line.
   
Duterte also wants to make it easy for people to secure police clearance or get death benefits and pension of widows of policemen and soldiers.
   
He said the widows should not be made to go to the office in Manila to have their papers processed.
   
Instead, the main office in Manila should be the one to process the claims and send them to the regional office where someone is assigned so the widows would no longer have to travel far.
   
“These are the small things that I want to correct,” he said.

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