'Tired' Duterte ‘in a hurry’ to finish tasks

By Genalyn Kabiling

With three years left in office, President Duterte said he is "in a hurry" to carry out his duty, particularly in fighting corruption and red tape in government.

President Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo by Jansen Romero / MB file photo) President Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo by Jansen Romero / MB file photo)

Addressing a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) event in Taguig City Tuesday night, the President admitted that he has grown tired but assured the public he remained "capable" of performing his job.

"You know I am in a hurry not because -- well one of the things that I really want is to end because I am tired," he said.

Duterte, who has promised to bring a comfortable life for all Filipinos by the end of his term, lamented anew that corruption has become widespread in the bureaucracy. delaying the delivery of government service. He reiterated his offer to resign when he found about the anomalies in the Nayong Pilipino lease contract and military hospital in one day.

" It erupts anywhere and I think that every table in a national or local office that has something to do with discretion, that's when corruption comes in," he said.

In his State of the Nation Address last week, the President renewed his commitment to fight corruption and red tape, saying there will be no sacred cows in his administration.

As he continues to weed our corrupt public servants, he also asked government agencies to simplify and automate their processes to make the government more responsive to the people's needs.

"It is an injury laced with insult. It is both a national embarrassment and a national shame. For every transaction, a commission; for every action, extortion; and a request that goes on," he said in his annual public address last July 22.