Duterte: Corruption is 'cancer' of society

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his fight against corruption in government when he graced a children's cancer hospital in Davao City on Thursday.

After commending the hospital staff for the upkeep of "modern" facilities, Duterte likened corruption to the disease they were treating — describing it as "most insidious" and "cancer" in the country.

"Maraming pera ang gobyerno basta huwag lang nakawin at gamitin," he said.

[Translation: The government has funds so long as these are not stolen.]

READ: Duterte to immediately resign if children proven corrupt

The President again said he did not subscribe to the practice of giving government projects to the lowest bidder, and called for the repeal of the procurement law which he said spawns corruption.

In an earlier event, Duterte said that his policy against corruption would apply to everyone — including his family members — in reference to his son, Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, who was being linked by a broker to irregularities at the Customs bureau.

Yesterday, he had said that he would immediately resign if the accusations were proven to be true.