Our upcoming President Rodrigo Duterte may not be the best with words—admit it, he’s frank and rough around the edges—yet his most recent advice is straight to the point and needs to be heard.
Rodrigo told his officials yesterday to say no to money from vested interests and that they should stay far away from it as possible, it’s a “bad practice” and would require payback in the future. He turned down a couple of offers with vested interests during his campaign because he didn’t want to be tied down.
He goes on and dishes out advice that’s pretty simple, but hard for some officials to swallow: live within your means. He even casually addressed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs, saying, “Customs, you’re just like the BIR. On the side you make money aside from your salaries, which you regard as your allowance. We should not fool each other anymore. Let’s be frank. Change your lifestyle, less expense. Maybe if you [used to] buy a car every other year, make it five years [from now on] and try to be just an ordinary government worker.”
He urged all government officials to be honest at all times, even to a point that might cost them their jobs. Another thing he said was that they can come up to him and come clean “and I will think if you’re fit to be killed or not.”
And there he goes again with his blunt use of words.