Duterte: 'There is really a need to purge government'

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte expressed on Monday his intent to become "harsh" in the coming days because some of the public servants are still unruly, despite his call for a clean government.

"I think, there is a need really to purge. I don't want to transgress the rules or ignore due process [but it is necessary to do so]," Duterte said during the oath taking of his appointed officials.

"I'd really be harsh, double the word in the coming days because it seems that my appeal that this will be a clean government is not registering at all in the grey matter between the ears of some people in the government," he added.

In a bid to suppress graft and corruption in government, the President said he will be naming the "scalawags" in the public sector, including those working in the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Land Transportation Office.

"I want to share with you the perennial problems of the Philippines about corruption. It's still there. And I still have to show the list of these scalawags in government. More judges, more policemen mainly, and some politicians," Duterte said.

Duterte, however, said that those who continue to fulfill their job have nothing to worry about as he would be the "least of [their] trouble."

"For those who are working, you have nothing to worry about. I will be the least of your trouble actually. And I know that you come in the best of credentials and competence and honesty. I have no problem [with you]," he said.

He then urged the untainted public servants to join him in cleaning the government. (Sunnex)
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