Not only criminals: Duterte says gov’t also oppressing Filipinos, vows to restore their faith

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  • Davao City mayor laments over corruption and incompetence in the government
  • He describes today’s government as ‘of the people, by the people, but not for the people’
  • Instead of helping the people, the government is oppressing them
  • He vows to reform the gov’t, restore people’s trust in six months’ time

MANILA, Philippines – Today’s government is part of the problem?

Speaking at the presidential forum in De La Salle University Manila, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cited how Filipinos are being oppressed not only by criminals but by their very own government due to incompetence and corruption.

“It’s not only the criminals who are working overtime to oppress the people, it’s the government itself,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

As an example, the mayor cited the so-called ‘laglag-bala’ scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as proof of the government’s ‘pure oppression’ of the Filipino people.

Due to its condition, Duterte said today’s government was “a government of the people and by the people, but not for the people.”

“There is a great disorder, what really worries me is the condition of the country,” he said. “It’s very disorderly and people don’t have security.”

As part of his plan to restore order to the country by cracking down on criminality, Duterte said he will work to wipe out corruption in the government and thereby restore the faith of the people.

“Your mistrust in the government, I will deliver you from it,” he said. “I will not ask for a full term. I ask for three to six months, and I will finish them.”

Duterte’s running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano who was with him concurred.

“He believes we should not be oppressed by the criminals, the corrupt, and even by the government,” he said.