WHILE President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vowed anew to rid the government of “bad eggs,” the public must support the country’s multi-pronged anti-corruption campaign.
Talking tough, the hard-hitting Duterte called on the people, including the ordinary citizens, to report to him wrongdoing in government offices and agencies.
“If you are made to go back and forth…mag-text lang kayo (at) ako na ang bahala. ’Pag hindi niyo ako tulungan, wala talaga akong magagawa para sa inyo,” said Duterte.
He pointed out that government officials and employees should not take too long to process papers and other documents, like mayor’s permit, electrical clearance or business permit.
“If you do not help me ferret out the ‘bad eggs’ eh ’di huwag kayong mag-complain ng corruption-corruption,” said the 71-year-old Chief Executive from Davao City.
In going after corrupt public servants, elected and appointed, Duterte stressed that “I do not give a sh -- if you are a director or a general.”
He urged the people to text him their complaints in his forthcoming hour-long television program.
It will be recalled that Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to occupy the top political post of the land, had a service-oriented TV program when he was mayor of Davao City.
The idea of hosting a TV program and publishing a tabloid was raised last June by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.
In the view of many, Duterte was right in urging the people to play an active role in wiping out graft and corruption, red tape and other anomalies in the bureaucracy.
Doubtless, the stage is now open for the ventilation on the pluses of reporting shenanigans to President Duterte, who is waging a nationwide total war against illegal drugs and criminality.