Duterte renews commitment to fight corruption, abuses in gov’t

Duterte renews commitment to fight corruption, abuses in gov’t

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President Rodrigo Duterte praises the efforts of the Overseas Filipino Workers while encouraging them to be more proactive in the fight against corruption in his speech during the gathering with the Filipino community at the Lusail Sports Arena in Lusail City in Qatar on April 15, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

DOHA, Qatar, April 16, 2017 (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his commitment to fight corruption, crime, and illegal drugs when he met overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) here in Qatar last Saturday.

Ang sabi ko noong kampanya, I will give you a respite, makapaghinga lang naman tayo ng six years, wawalain ko ang corruption and I am starting it,” he told OFWs gathered at Lusail Sports Arena here.

He said he fired some members of his government who were involved in corruption.

And to protect OFWs who are returning home especially during holidays, the President said he has prohibited the opening of suitcases and balikbayan boxes at the airports.

He also encouraged Filipinos to be assertive of their rights whenever they encounter abusive and corrupt officials.

At the same time, the President said he will go after large companies that do not pay correct taxes. Some of these firms tried to contribute to his campaign when he was running for president but he turned them down, he added. (PNA)


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