Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace
August 29, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administered the oath to 70 newly appointed government officials in a simple ceremony at the Malacañan Palace.

In his speech, the Chief Executive said he would create a new anti-graft commission and advised the newly appointed officials to help the administration in combating graft and corruption in the government.

“That is why I shall be creating the Anti-Graft Commission to investigate complaints of corruption in government. Aside from the results of the investigation supported by competent evidence, I shall either suspend or dismiss presidential appointees… so kayo inaasahan ko naman kayo’t sana, magtulung-tulungan tayo. Ayaw ko talaga ‘yang corruption. Bahala nang bumagsak ako,” he said.

He reiterated that he would resign from his office if any of his children were involved in the graft and corruption practice.

“At ang sinabi ko naman sa inyo, if any of my children… at right… Sabi ko sa… pinangalanan ko na kaagad, si Mayor Sara, si Pulong, pati si Sebastian. Kung ‘yan ang pumasok doon sa… may hiningi na illegal or graft and corruption, I told you before, I am ready to step down as President. I will not hesitate and cling to power when it is no longer productive of me as a human being. Gusto ko lang malaman ninyo. Wala akong illusions diyan sa presidente-presidente,” he said.

The President also issued a stern warning to the newly appointed government officials.

“Do not betray my trust; do not betray the people’s trust.”

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