Duterte to be harsh vs criminals, strict to crooks in gov’t

DAVAO CITY, June 27 (PNA) — Outgoing mayor and now President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to deliver his promises to the people as he vowed to be harsh towards criminals, strict to the wrongdoers but caring for the helpless, hopeless and defenseless people.

“I will insist what I promised to the people,” he told hundreds of government in his farewell message during one of his rare attendance at Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at City Hall grounds.

Duterte emphasized a no let up campaign against corruption and criminality which have become the centerpiece of his campaign that eventually won him the presidential bid.

Given this, Duterte said he will be harsh to the criminals and strict to crooks in government.

“My government is for the helpless, hopeless, defenseless,” Duterte said borrowing words from his late father Vicente Duterte, the governor of the undivided Davao.

He stressed that corruption added to the lifestyle of some government workers such as those in the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs. “Please stop,” he urged.

Duterte also promised government reforms. He wanted the regulatory commissions and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to work on a system on license, permits and passports processing in order to avoid long queue of people.

He said he hated seeing people lining up, others sleeping in pavements for a “first-come-first-serve” basis to get priority numbers in applying passports or licenses.

He would also look into government contracts that also go with graft and corruption.

Duterte, who arrived at half past 8 a.m for the flag ceremony, was at his element joking and teasing workers. He started his talk recalling his uncertainty on running the presidency to the final decision, the campaign, and the success in the election. At times serious at the mention of his anti-drugs and criminality campaign.

“Corruption in government, criminality tatapusin ko yan maski sagasaan kahit sino (I will finish it whoever gets hit). I will stake my life, honor and the presidency even if I lose it. Impeachment? Go ahead,” he said.

Duterte said the drugs problem in the country must be addressed or the country will end up controlled by narco-politics. He cited that a newly-elected Mexican president was just able to take oath but assassinated hours later.

“I will not allow the country to degenerate,” he promised.

Curfew, liquor ban

He vowed to work for the protection of the children. He said the campaign on the curfew on minors will continue throughout the country. Defying his critics on curfew, Duterte said they are the people who do not understand the law. “When we take into custody the children we protect them from harm,” he stressed. He cited a provision in the Revised Penal Code on the arrest of parents for abandoning or exposing child to danger.

Duterte said curfew must be strictly implemented throughout the country but he promised to decide whether if “I will impose the 1 a.m liquor ban.”

“We cannot be forever be drinking and forever be merrymaking,” said Duterte adding that the vice does not really do good to the country and children.

Death penalty

Duterte will also push death penalty as he dismissed speculations that it is not a deterrent to the commission of crimes.

“I follow the classical the classical theory – magbayad ka sa ginawa mo (you pay for what you have done),” Duterte emphasizing the word retribution. Other people used the positivist theory that criminals can still be redeemed.

According to Classical Criminology, classical theory is where decisions to violate the law are weighed against possible punishments. And to deter crime, the pain of punishment must outweigh the benefit of illegal gain.

Duterte said death penalty in the Philippines in the past did not serve its objective because it was not implemented.

“I believe in the retribution. Magbayad ka (You pay),” he said.

Duterte further expressed commitment with the promises he made. Lilian Mellejor/PNA/northboundasia.com