MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he fired 92 employees of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) to crack down on corruption in these agencies.
"I just fired 92 of the mga LTFRB pati 'yung LTO – ubos (I just fired 92 of those from the LTFRB and also the LTO – finished)," said Duterte on Monday, December 12, during the Ten Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL) awarding ceremony held at the Palace.
In another part of his speech, Duterte said he had "told them to resign."
The President reiterated to TOFIL awardees and attendees his promise to stop corruption in government.
"If I allow your practices to continue, nothing will come out of my promise about graft and corruption. Pati ako idadamay mo ako sa kalokohan mo diyan (You will even involve me in your nonsense)," said Duterte.
The President previously identified the LTFRB and LTO as among the most corruption-ridden agencies in government.
He also repeated his requirement to all government departments that they process permits and other documents being requested by the private sector in no more than a month.
"My orders now, one month for every department and the local governments, for business permit, electrical connections, even the fireman, I call your attention," said Duterte in a mix of English and Filipino. – Rappler.com
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