During the celebration of the 81st anniversary of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) in Pasay City on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urged government employees to champion integrity, transparency and accountability in their work.
The President encouraged them to support his administration’s battle against the ills of the society.
“Always embody integrity, transparency and accountability in your work and never waver in your resolve towards a better and more progressive Philippines,” Duterte said.
President Duterte underscored his campaign promise to “control corruption,” noting that he has fired a number of erring government officials. “Most importantly, I call on you to remain one with us in the fight against graft, corruption and other ills of society that have long been hampering our growth as a nation for so long,” President Duterte said.
“The first thing that I promised you was that I would try to control corruption. Alam ninyo na until now ginagawa ko. I have fired so many undersecretaries and secretaries and most of them, ‘yung mga minor, were then my companions in the city mayor’s office in 1988,” President Duterte said.
“It pains me deeply to do it pero sinabi ko na, sinabi ko sa inyo, ‘Huwag. Huwag na huwag.’ And that promise, I’m doing until today,” President Duterte said.
The President stated that there will be more dismissals to come.
“And I don’t care if I — my whole term would be characterized by a firing and dismissal of people from government. Ayaw ko talaga ‘yan. And give us — give the Filipino a respite of corruption,” President Duterte said.
IN PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) at the Gymnasium of the GSIS Financial Center in Pasay City on June 19, 2018, reiterates that he is relentless in his fight against corruption in government. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO