MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday urged all public servants to live frugally, saying his administration will conduct regular lifestyle checks, particularly in the graft-ridden offices like the Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Internal Revenue.
”You who live with extra frills. Your salary is just per diem because you have other earnings. Well, this time, we have to learn how to live frugally and tone down,” Duterte said in his speech during the 69th Philippine Air Force (PAF) anniversary celebration in Clark, Pampanga.
”We are used to buying cars for everybody in the family. Well, I’m sorry. Do not do that because I will make sure the lifestyle checks would be all year-round. And I would know from your garage, titingnan ko kung ilan ang kotse mo,” he warned.
President Duterte said the decades of corruption in the government has to stop.
”Stop! You place yourself in jeopardy of going to prison,” the President said.
He also called on BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and BIR Commissioner Billy Dulay to clear their respective offices of fixers and other illegal transactions.
”All the fixers, stop! I hope Faeldon would do this thing. Stop corruption in Customs, and Billy Dulay, I know him. He’s very good, honest. I hope he can deliver. I don’t mind that it will be a lesser income for us. I’m prepared for that,” he said.
Aside from corruption, President Duterte has promised to stamp out illegal drugs and criminality.
”The drive against crime, criminality, and drugs will continue,” the President said.