Is Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte tough on corruption? Not for the slew of fired officials that he rehired
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 July, 2018, 3:57am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 July, 2018, 5:16am
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has taken great pride in firing nearly two dozen officials in an anti-corruption drive since he came to power two years ago. The catch: about a quarter have already been rehired.
Duterte has fired 21 officials and accepted the resignation of seven, delivering on a promise to dismiss anyone on “just a whiff” of corruption.
“If you go to the national government just to look for an opportunity for money, go look for another job. I will really fire you,” Duterte told employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform on June 20.
On June 14 he told local officials: “I will stop corruption. I have been firing officials left and right every day. Undersecretaries, chiefs of offices, education officials, all of them.”
Corruption remains a significant barrier to trade and investment in the Philippines, the US trade representative said in a report released in April.
Under Duterte, the country ranked 111th of 180 nations in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index for 2017, down from 101st in 2016.