BY ROGER M. BALANZA
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said his administration would pursue without let-up an iron-fist campaign against graft and corruption, and criminality, that have been stalling the country’s road to progress.
Duterte, who takes his oath as the 16th President after a landslide victory in the May 9 election, made the statement before business leaders at the two-day Economic Forum dubbed: “Sulong Pilipinas” held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on June 21.
In his speech, Duterte said that his peace and order drive and campaign against graft and corruption are anchored on his principle that there can be no progress unless there is law and order.
The business forum attended by more than 450 delegates representing the Philippines’ major business organizations, was organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).
“Let me be brutal about this…corruption must stop now. I am addressing this to all Filipinos if you want to do something for your country. Corruption really make me sick,” he told the business leaders.
Duterte said his administration would have zero tolerance against graft and corruption and criminality.
An iron-fist campaign against criminals particularly drug lords, and against bureaucratic corrupt, were the flagship programs of Duterte during the campaign period.
Some sectors said that Duterte’s experience as Mayor of Davao City for two decades may not be enough for him to handle the complex issue of national economy and that he had barely touched on his economic program if elected President.
At the forum, Duterte’s economic team presented a 10-point socio-economic agenda the incoming administration would pursue in the next six years.
Duterte said he would push for reforms in government and expressed confidence his economic managers will help achieve inclusive growth and move the country forward.