Updated 23:55 PM PHT Mon, January 9, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte makes it it very clear to over two hundred new government appointees that aside from illegal drugs, he also has no patience for corruption.
Duterte, who swore in 220 appointees in Malacañang on Monday afternoon, said he had zero tolerance for any wrongdoing in government.
"Yung graft na yan, wala talaga akong pasensya diyan," he said. [I really have no tolerance for graft.]
The newly-sworn in government officials come from different government offices — from the DTI, DILG, DOJ and several attached agencies of the Office of the President.
Among them are: Singer/blogger Mocha Uson, MTRCB board member; Actor Cesar Montano, Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Officer; Ed Monreal, MIAA General Manager; and former police official Reynaldo Berroya as LTA administrator.
The President also emphasized again that quality and efficient service should be given to the public. He said that all frontline government offices should be able to process requested documents and permits in just 3 to 4 days.
Narco-mayors, watch out
The President also did not miss out on his staple speech topic: the war on drugs.
He said he would soon confront mayors linked to the illegal drug trade and would strip them of power over local police.
"Hwag ninyo akong lokohin. The first I would do is deprive you of the supervisory powers over the police. Second is tanggalin ko lahat ng security mo." [Do not fool around with me... I would remove your security detail.]
Amid criticisms of alleged extrajudicial killings, he vowed again that all drug pushers in the country would be killed.
"Tatawagin ko yung mga mayors. I-lock ko. Kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila, 'Hanapin mo yung pangalan mo diyan, mayor.' Tang -na pag nandiyan yung pangalan mo may problema ka. Talagang papatayin kita," Duterte said.
[Translation: I would summon those mayors. In a locked room. I'd tell them look for your name on the (drug) list. If you are on the list, I would really kill you.]
He said if he was around when NBI agents busted P6-B worth of shabu in San Juan, he would have killed members of the illegal drug group.
"Dalhin kita sa likod sa apartment, barilin kita doon tapos sabihin ko, 'Sino gusto sumunod?' Totoo. Ganoon karami, isang toneladang shabu? Put-ng ina, you are ripe for the kill."
[Translation: I'll take you to the back of the apartment and shoot you, then will ask, "Who wants to be next? For a ton of shabu, you are ripe for the kill."]
Duterte also warned that local terror groups in the country were competing with each other as they tried get recognition from ISIS. He said these lawless elements were outdoing each other in brutality, because "the more brutal you are in raising the ideology, the more credentials you may have for a recognition."
CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.