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Duterte says he would hire gov’t workers as long as they are honest and competent

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Any person interested in working in the Duterte administration no longer has to present proof of civil service eligibility to land the job.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Duterte recently said he would hire government workers as long as they are honest and competent, adding he would no longer scrutinize their eligibility status.

“If you want to work during my term, you are competent and you are honest, period. Wala na eligibility-eligibility [No more eligibility requirement],” Duterte said during a visit to a housing project for soldiers in Bulacan Monday.

“I am not trying to degrade the qualification, the level of qualification pero bigyan mo lang ako ‘yung honest person tapos ‘yung hindi corrupt [but give me an honest person, someone who is not corrupt],” he added.

The President warned that if a public servant gets embroiled in corruption or other abuse in power, he would not hesitate to fire the person. “Wala na akong seremonya, you just go [I won’t hold any ceremony, you just go],” he said about the dismissal of erring public servants.

Duterte also said he would not boast about being incorruptible but vowed to perform his job “properly.” He said he expects his Cabinet and other government officials to work with integrity too.

“The problem is along the way, ang corruption talaga sa gobyerno grabe [corruption in government is severe]. Down to the local level,” he said.

“I am not nagpapapogi-pogi sabihin na corrupt — incorruptible… Basta ako trabaho lang. [I am not trying to earn brownie points and say I am incorruptible. I will just work]. I resolve to do my job properly and expect everybody who works for me lalo na sa Cabinet to work honestly also,” he added.

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