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Duterte wants 'zero tolerance' against lazy gov’t workers: “Sabihan niyo ako diktador ako. I was chosen by the people to lead"

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned government workers against laziness and mediocrity, saying he will not hesitate to dismiss anyone found to be strolling around during working hours.

In his speech at the launch of a housing project for Typhoon Yolanda victims Wednesday in Tacloban City (Jan. 25), Duterte said he will not tolerate the corruption that has persisted in government agencies before he assumed office.

“Sabihan niyo ako diktador ako, eh ‘di diktador na, tutal I was chosen by the people to lead. If you say that I’m a dictator, eh ‘di a diktador. ‘Di maghintay kayo ng panahon na tamad na naman ang Presidente… not during my time, do not do that,” he said.

Duterte said he expects all government employees to work and give the service expected of them by the public. He said he does not want to hear of workers strolling around at a time when they are supposed to be in the office.

“Pag may nakita kayong taga-gobyerno, national, local na mamamasyal diyan sa hapon, text me and ang akin is zero tolerance. Dismissal talaga. I will insist sa Civil Service. Sabihin ko sa Civil Service, tumulong kayo o tumabi kayo diyan,” he said.

“If you cannot impose the penalty that I want, it’s zero tolerance, no second chance, sa lahat. Pati ‘yung, basta sa gobyerno,” Duterte added.



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