By Genalyn Kabiling
A presidential fix awaits businessmen having troubles with government transactions.
President Duterte has offered to get the permits for businessmen “for free” in case government agencies are unable to process their documents within three days.
The President, addressing a recent Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) event at the Manila Hotel, said he and the rest of government officials are all workers of the government “here to serve the people.”
“If your permit goes beyond three days on any table there, just call me and I will get it for you for free,” the former mayor of Davao City said.
“Kung meron kang problema dito sa department na ito, tawagan mo lang ako [If you have a problem with a department, just call me]. Call me and I will go to the department concerned, with you together, I will get the papers for you,” he added.
Duterte said he would give the business permits “whether it is approved or not.”
As head of the executive branch, Duterte said he has supervision and control over government agencies and can “modify or amend” any decision of a Cabinet secretary.
“If you want a faster lane, then call anybody in government,” he told the businessmen present at the PAGCOR gathering.
“And I will do it, I said, for you for free. That statement binds all, even the locals,” he said, referring to the three-day processing of business permits.
Duterte also promised to grant an audience with businessmen who will report any “serious” corruption complaint against some national or local government officials.
He reiterated that he does not tolerate corruption and will continue to weed out misbehaving officials from the bureaucracy.
He appealed though to businessmen do their part in the anticorruption drive by not giving bribes to officials. He said they should just report any extortion attempt to his office.
“We are simply workers of government. Bayad na kami [We are already paid],” he said.