By Genalyn Kabiling
With his zero tolerance for corruption, President Duterte said he requires nothing but honesty from his appointees in government.
The President said he expects government officials to do their job efficiently without getting involved in corruption.
“Ang selection ko talaga is based on what is to the best interest of the public and government. Yon lang. Wala akong hiningi na iba. Just honesty (That’s it. I ask for nothing but honesty),” Duterte said during a recent visit to South Cotabato.
“And these are the guys who stayed long enough to know the art of governance. And just to be honest, that’s all,” he added.
The President recently vowed to continue his anti-corruption purge, saying he would fire more officials alleged involved in irregularities. He guaranteed there would be no sacred cows in the campaign against corruption in government.
The President also defended his preference for retired military and police officials, saying they get the job done fast.
Citing an example, he lauded the efforts of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduard Año, both retired military generals, in the cleanup and rehabilitation of Boracay.
“Kinuha ko ‘yan kasi military, isang utos lang. ‘Pag sinabi kong gawain mo ‘yan walang corruption, diretso. Boracay, sabi ko six months. Malinis [I got them because in the military, one order is enough. When I say do it without corruption, it is implemented. I told them to clean up Boracay in six months, it’s now clean],” he said.