Duterte wants public officials’ photos removed from gov’t offices, schools

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he wants his picture, and that of other government officials, removed from all public offices and schools.

In his speech during the ceremonial turnover of 3,000 pistols to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the President said he intends to issue a decree to display instead the photos of the country’s heroes in state offices.

“I intend to issue a decree. Ipatanggal ko ‘yung mga litrato namin. Lalo na ‘yang litrato ni… Tapos litrato, pagpasok niya, litrato niya. Na-buang man ‘yung mga ganon na tao,” he said.

Duterte, who has mandated government officials to keep a low profile, said that photos of past and present government officials should be hanged in the privacy of their respective home.

“Doon mo ilagay ‘yan sa mga pamilya ninyo, doon sa sala. Pati ‘yung akin. Sa Davao, when I was Mayor, I prohibited the display of my picture. And I told the decks there to display instead the pictures of our heroes,” the President said.

“But I’ll issue the order. Gusto ko ‘yung mga hero natin, ma-emulate ng mga bata. Eh ‘yung iba diyan sa picture limang beses na dumaan ng graft and corruption sa kaso eh,” Duterte said. Cielito Reganit/PNA-northboundasia.com