TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija, April 5, 2017 (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he will not back down from his campaign promise to work for the elimination of corruption and drugs and the alleviation of poverty in the country.
“Hindi ako aatras dito sa… it’s a sacred obligation between me and the voters, Filipino voters. It is a contract. ‘Yun ang una ko, no corruption,” Duterte said at the Grand Harvest Festival of the Seh Leng Agritech Corporation in Barangay Tabacao here on Wednesday, April 5.
He also called on the farmers to join his administration’s battle against corruption.
“Sabi ko no corruption maski piso. Pakiusap ko lang sa inyo, if you are ready to join me then sabayan ninyo ako,” he said.
The President reiterated his zero tolerance for corruption from dishonest public officials.
“Diyan sa corruption pati droga, wala tayong atrasan and I will continue to fire people the moment, the first whiff,” he said.
In the same speech, Duterte pledged that taxpayers will get their money’s worth under his administration.
“Ang maasahan ninyo ‘yung taxes ninyo aabot talaga sa inyo. Ibabalik ‘yan. ‘Yan ang taya ko sa inyo,” he said.
The President said he owes no favors to the oligarchs and would not give them any leeway.
“‘Yung mga elite, they won’t find the sanctuary noon na basta sa kanila kung sino lang ang malakas, ‘yun. Mga bidding,” he said, adding that the time of unfair advantage by influential oligarchs has come to an end.
“It will not happen during my time. Kung talagang oligarch ka tapos may makinarya ka, equipment ka, OK,” he said.
“Kung oligarch kang palaway-laway ka lang, kaya hindi ko tinatanggap ‘yang mga ‘yan magbisita-bisita. Mag-appointment. Sino ‘yan? Sabihin mo wala, sabihin mo patay na kanina pa. Inatake. Kasi kapalit ‘yung tawag. Eh alam mo na. They are trying to reconnect,” he said.
Duterte also acknowledged the support of the locals in Talavera, Nueva Ecija during last year’s presidential election.
“Why would you vote for me, you do not know me, I am not from here, I am not from Luzon,” he said.
President Duterte said the farmers will receive tractors from the government.
“Traktorya. I will… I’ll buy as many as needed. ‘Yung mga tractors, bilhan ko kayo,” he said. (PNA)