by Elena L. Aben
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — President Duterte met with members of the Filipino community in Malaysia last Wednesday, where he renewed his pledge of zero corruption in his government.
“I promised the people… ito seryoso na talaga corruption must stop and it will stop during my time,” the Chief Executive before a crowd of about 1,800 Filipinos at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, here.
It can be recalled that Duterte run in the last presidential election on a campaign agenda of aggressively fighting corruption, criminality and illegal drugs.
In his speech, which was well-applauded by the audience, the President advised the Filipino migrant workers (OFWs) here to be assertive especially when dealing with personnel from government agencies.
He noted that returning OFWs often fall prey to extortionists at Philippine airports.
Duterte said the country has so many concerns and, thus, has to put things in order for the nation to attain progress. One of his major initiatives is talking peace with several rebel groups in the country to attain peace and stability.
A federal system of government must be adopted, he said, to remedy Muslim as well as communist rebellion in the country, which has been ongoing for several decades.
The President also expressed his plans to tackle poverty and give people livelihood especially the poorest of the poor. He said he is looking at boosting small and medium scale enterprises to create livelihood.