PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he would address red tape in government via an executive order to be issued upon his return after attending the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Thailand.
During the oath-taking ceremony for his son Sebastian Duterte as vice mayor of Davao City on Friday, the President said the country will not progress if corruption is rampant and there is no law and order.
“We cannot hope to rise. For every table in the government—be it in the local or in the national—pagka dumating ‘yang papel diyan, meron talaga ‘yan. It’s either they delay it and pabalik-balikin ‘yung tao until the money is given. Plain extortion,” he said.
“Pagbalik ko, I will just write an executive order,” he added.
Duterte arrived in Thailand at 10 p.m. on Friday.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the President was scheduled to attend several events including the summit plenary, gala dinner for the leaders, ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with representatives of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), and the 13th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Summit.