President Rodrigo Duterte asked the newly-appointed government officials to help him gain back people’s trust by keeping their principles while fulfilling their duties.
“Our people have long suffered from the scourge of corruption and red tape in the bureaucracy. As you assume your respective offices, I expect you to help me in the task of regaining our people’s trust in government by pursuing necessary bureaucratic reforms that will enable us to address the needs of those we serve,” Duterte said during the oath-taking of the new appointees.
“Know that you will always have my complete support as long as you resist any temptation that will taint your character and reputation as public servants,” the President added.
In addition, he encouraged the new appointees to work with him in creating relevant reforms, so the government may put an end to the issues faced by the country.
“Help me institute the necessary reforms so that our government may effectively stamp out criminality, illegal drugs, terrorism and other ills that have prevented us from improving the lives of our people.”
Duterte also dared them to help him move towards lasting peace and greater development.
“Let us carry out our shared duty of building a stronger and more progressive Philippines that we can all leave behind for future generations of Filipinos,” he said.
At the end of his speech, the President warned them that he will deal “promptly and severely” with any form of corruption they will commit or get involved in.
Duterte spearheaded the induction of about 100 new government officials including judges, directors, administrators, assistant secretaries, and undersecretaries.