Corrupt officials

March 16, 2019

ADMITTEDLY, graft and corruption continue to make irritating sounds in some government offices and agencies across the Philippines, drawing the ire of no less than President Duterte.

Enraged and frustrated, Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to occupy the top political post of the land, vowed to fire more government officials in the next few days over corruption issues.

“Just wait, there will be more officials who will have to be fired because of corruption,” said Duterte at the campaign rally of PDP-Laban senatorial candidates in Isabela.

One of the priorities of the Duterte presidency, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, has been the reduction, if not total eradication, of corruption, along with illegal drugs and criminality.

Aware of the importance of getting rid of corruption, the President, a former state prosecutor, has already fired several public servants, including those who helped his campaign in 2016.

Aside from dismissing erring government officials and employees, Duterte has also initiated activities designed to provide the many homeless with affordable but decent shelter.

And the tough-talking Chief Executive continues to implement a variety of multi-pronged programs, projects and measures aimed at addressing the country’s other major problems.

They include grinding poverty, hunger, joblessness, underemployment, traffic congestion, high prices of prime and basic commodities, smuggling, insurgency, flooding and red tape.

And with his decision to dismiss more corrupt public servants, President Duterte shows his determination to rid the government of scalawags, misfits and other “rotten eggs.”

Certainly, this will be good for the country and the Filipino people in the long term.