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President Rodrigo Duterte interacts with Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao’s youngest child Israel before they pose for a photo with the Pacquiao family during the senator’s birthday celebration at the KCC Convention and Events Center in General Santos City on Sunday. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo

Duterte vows to end corruption

GENERAL SANTOS City — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said Sunday that he shared the same desire of Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao to rid the government of corruption.

In his speech during the 39th birthday celebration of the world champion boxer here, President Duterte vowed to make good on his campaign promise to eradicate corruption as his “gift” to Pacquaio.

“So birthday niya, let us honor — or at least the entire Philippines is listening now — ang gift ko sa kanya is jointly with his personal hatred for corruption,” Duterte said. “I join him with the same intensity of hate. And ‘yan ang birthday gift ko para sa kanya, yayariin ko kayong lahat,” he added.

The President said he would stop all forms of corruption in government such as the rule on awarding contracts to lowest bidder and use of government money for unnecessary trips abroad or junkets.

He also warned police scalawags involved in corruption saying that he would start to clean up police ranks.

At Wednesday, mga tatlong superintendent, about 90, siguro mga minimum of 60 police, umalis kayo sa PNP,” he said.

“I am starting the purging at huwag kayong mainsulto kung hindi ka naman tinatamaan, huwag kang magalit kasi ako galit na sa dati eh,” he added.

The Chief Executive reiterated that he would not let unscrupulous individuals to destroy the nation and he would preserve and protect it as part of his mandate. (pnd)


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