Duterte needs a “faster” cabinet to deliver on campaign promises

Published April 5, 2019, 9:44 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

Almost halfway through his six-year term, President Duterte wants a “faster” cabinet and bureaucracy to achieve his campaign promises to the people.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 Project in Caloocan City on February 28, 2019. (REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In his visit to Palawan Thursday, the President asserted that he has no patience for corruption and red tape, as he revealed plans to fire another official next week.

“I would need a faster Cabinet and a faster bureaucracy because I am a man in a hurry. I have about three years or less, few months left and there are things which I believe I must act on para maitupad ko — ninyo ‘yung promise ko,” said Duterte who has promised to combat drugs, crime and corruption during his term.

“Next week meron akong — meron na naman, alis. Wala akong pasensya sa corruption. Meron pa lahat. Abangan mo next week [I will dismiss someone next week. I have no patience for corruption. There’s more. Watch out for it next week],” he added.

Duterte has also expressed his frustration with the slow bureaucracy, saying sometimes some personnel deliberately drag their feet to commit corruption. He said there was always a “monkey wrench” in how the government works.

“I must admit that one of the reasons why I am pissed off to no end is really the way government moves. Napakatagal ho talaga [It’s really very slow],” he said.

“At minsan napakatagal because they purposely do it to commit graft and sometimes it is really a circuitous thing, a very tedious process of getting the papers to the grid. There is always a monkey wrench,” he added.

In an earlier speech before an assembly of prosecutors in Palawan the President admitted that he was angry with a Cabinet member for the slow processing of land conversion applications.

“Nagalit rin ako because this was this Cabinet member who was sitting or what doing at all ‘yang conversions. Iyang conversions na ‘yan malaking pera ‘yan [There’s a lot of money in conversions],” he said.

Duterte earlier directed the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to streamline procedures on land use conversion after learning some applications were delayed for two years.

Early March, the President walked out from a Cabinet meeting and threatened to resign out of frustration with the tedious procedures on land conversion presented by Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones. He complained that such clearance process practically included all government departments except the Department of Foreign of Affairs.

Duterte said when he ran for president, he promised to fight illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption. With almost three years left in office, he remained focused on meeting his goals and bring comfortable lives to Filipinos.

“I promised you sabi ko [I said] that I will try to control corruption in government,” he said.

“Sinabi ko [I said] that I will deal with the problem of drugs and criminality. Then I told you that I will improve our relations with other countries because we are really poor and we have to admit it,” he said.