President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he will resign if anybody can prove that he accepted a bribe, and that he is ready to fire any Cabinet member who is involved in corruption.
“Maraming haka-haka diyan na kami, mga Cabinet members, ako tumatanggap ng pera. Look, I give you this guarantee. Magdala ka lang ng tao at sabihin mo nagbigay siya ng piso sa’min, mag-resign ako bukas (There are many rumors that we, the Cabinet members, and I received money. Look, I give you this guarantee. Bring one person who can say he gave me one peso, then I will resign tomorrow),” he said the public briefing aired late evening.
“If true, I will tender my resignation as President of this republic. That is my guarantee to you. Basta totoo (For as long as it is true). Do not lie,” he added.
However, Duterte warned that he will “kill” anyone who will falsely accuse him or his Cabinet members of corruption.
“As far as I’m concerned, they’re all honest. At kung meron, sabihin mo in public (If there is an accusation, say it in public), and I will ask that Cabinet member to resign immediately,” he said.
During the latter part of his public briefing, Duterte assured that the acquisition of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by the government will be free of corruption with nobody in the Cabinet making commissions.
The government is readying P73 billion to purchase vaccines for Covid-19 enough to inoculate 60 to 60 million Fililpinos. SOVEREIGNPH