Updated 10:21 AM PHT Mon, November 28, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte has tagged the Bureau of Customs (BoC), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as the most corrupt agencies in the country.
But, he says there could be more, and his war against corruption will spare no office.
To effectively rid the country of corrupt practices, Duterte said the government needs the people's help, and he's giving the public the venue to do just that.
One only needs to send information to the government's 8888 complaints hotline, and soon to a new TV program.
"I am opening the RP TV PTV, yung every day they can text the name of the official - never mind about libel and all. Sabi ko, sige lagay ninyo ang pangalan ng tao, opisina, ilagay mo kung anong hiningi sayo and it will – lalabas yan sa and so the people of the Philippines can just tune in and they would know the idiots who are corrupting this country, the President said.
[I am opening RP TV PTV, and every day they can text the name of the official - never mind about the libel and all. I told them to go ahead and name the person and the office. Include what they're asking from you and it will show up on TV so the people of the Philippines can just tune in and they would know the idiots who are corrupting this country.]
After a month since it was launched in August, the 8888 hotline has received over 11,000 complaints.
The President admits there could be errors, and he's willing to take responsibility
He said, "We may be wrong and, no doubt about it, I am willing to apologize every day that we commit a mistake."
But, the President is also quick to warn, in his speech before the San Beda Law alumni home coming Saturday, those who would be found guilty will not only lose their posts, but their faces as well.
Duterte also says his fight against corruption does not only cover individual employees. Positions, departments, and even entire agencies are also in danger.
Just recently, Duterte threatened to shut down the Energy Regulatory Commission after some of its officers refused to heed his call to step down invoking their right to due process.
That call came after Bids and Awards Committee head Jun Villa committed suicide citing pressure from higher ups to engage in corrupt acts.
That incident, and the entire ERC, are now under investigation.
A 2015 corruption perception survey by Transparency international ranks the Philippines poorly.
With a score of 35 out of a possible 100, the Philippines is now ranked 95th among 168 countries. The score "indicates the perceived level of of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 or highly corrupt to 100 or very clean.
And if the war on drugs is any indication of the president's resolve to roll out a campaign, then the public may expect many heads to roll, in a fierce and unrelenting battle against corruption.