Duterte to local chief execs: Be loyal to your oath

Published July 24, 2019, 4:41 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Argyll Geducos

President Duterte met with newly-elected local government officials at the Manila Hotel Tuesday evening where he reminded them to stay true to their oath and follow his policies about government processes, corruption, red tape, and illegal drugs.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo who was present at the meeting shared that the President reminded the local chief executives that they are workers of government who should serve the people.

“He told them that like them, he is a worker of government. And he expects them to be fealty to their oath of office,” Panelo said.

“He repeated that he doesn’t want any mayor involved, or any local official, in the drug syndicate. In fact he reminded them of what happened to the mayors involved. He doesn’t want that,” Panelo said.

In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday, Duterte directed Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to suspend all mayors or governors in Metro Manila and nearby cities if they will not heed his call to reclaim all public roads used for private purposes.

The President also gave Año the authority to suspend local chief executives if they would not comply with the order.

“If there is a mayor or a governor or kung ano kang, sino kang demonyo ka, i-suspend mo Sir Año  (or whoever the hell you are, suspend them, Secretary Año),” Duterte said.

“Give him time and if he cannot, if he is not up to it, then papahingahin mo na lang. Suspend mo na. Wala tayong magawa (just suspend them for there’s nothing we can do about that). They just keep on pleasing their own constituents because there is a constituent, a leader. Ganoon kayo, eh (That’s how you are),” he added.