President Rodrigo Duterte has warned those who use his name and his Cabinet members to extort money for contracts for various projects.
According to the President on Monday, there are some who use the photo next to them at the wedding, or festival during the campaign to say that they are close to the government.
“Kapag ginamit iyang mga pangalan na iyan sa mga contract purchase, the mere fact na nagamit ang pangalan, wala iyan. Walang pumapatok sa amin na ganoon, iyang lakarin,” he said.
Duterte ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to arrest those caught using their names.
“I am calling on the NBI to double their time pampahuli nito, hulihiin ninyo ito tapos kung madetain niyo sa gabi at wala pa naman, bago ninyo dalhin sa korte for the formal filing, idaan mo nga sa Malacañang. Tingnan ko lang ang pagmumukha nito, ang sarap kasi iyong mukha ng tao paliitin mo,” he said.
Duterte seems to have some advice for those who are fooled by this modus operandi.
Duterte warns those using his name for projects
“Iyong mga tao na nagiikot, masabi nila lakarin nila alam niyo ang gawin ninyo kung nagbigay na kayo ng pera, purnada talaga kayo. Hindi talaga totoo iyan, saksakin nalang ninyo, saksakin nalang ninyo, huwag mong barilin kasi maingay, madali ka mahuli. Saksakin nalang ninyo, at ito iyong mga parasites, linta and they thrive on the gullible, iyong naïve na lolokohin mo iyong kapwa mo tao,” he said.
The President reminded that if a contractor is confident that his contract that he wants to enter into government is in order and clean, they do not have to bribe or pay more to favor or expedite its approval.
He also named some allegedly corrupt DSWD officials who have been suspended or fired.
He is also asking for a list of them so that he himself can fire them from their position.
The President, on the other hand, encourages those who are excellent and have good records to apply to the government.
“Maraming naka-lista diyan first grade eligible na hanggang ngayon hindi pa nakakita ng trabaho. I suggest na kayong mga first grade eligible, huwag na kailangan kayong mag-padrino-padrino. Mag-apply kayo sa Civil Service, the Civil Service will check the recommendations and I’ll appoint you,” Duterte said.