President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday dared Senator Manny Pacquiao to name corrupt agencies and officials or else he will campaign against the country’s boxing superstar in the 2022 elections.
“So I’m challenging him,name the corrupt office and I will do something within one week. You make a list Pacquiao and you said we’re two times corrupt, list those people and offices that you should have listed before and give them to me,” Duterte said partly in Filipino in his Talk to the People.
Duterte said Pacquiao should prove that he is not just politicking amid reports that the world boxing champion is gunning for the presidency in the 2022 elections.
“If you fail to do that, I will campaign against you, because you are not doing your duty. Do it, because if not, I will just tell the people, do not vote for Manny Pacquiao because he is a liar,” Duterte said.
He said the Department of Public Works and Highways “really had notoriety” for corruption before when he became president.
“I find no corrupt now,” he said. “Every administration will have a share the problem of corruption. Do not ever think that if you will win as president that corruption will be eliminated in the Philippines.”
He called on everyone to join Pacquiao if they have also information about corrupt government offices and officials.
“That is also my advice to the Filipino, if you have information, let me know, and I will be transparent, I will investigate them,” he said.
Duterte said many government officials and employees have been charged before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan due to corruption.
He said at least 73 immigration personnel have been removed due to his government’s campaign against corruption.
“Like in the Customs, it’s painful to me because there is someone who are 37 years in the service already but the temptation to go to graft, is very strong,” Duterte said partly in Filipino.Duterte promised to fight corruption as well as illegal drugs and criminality when he ran and won by 6 million votes in the 2016 presidential election.