Don't be sad about tax; your money is safe. I'm against corruption - Duterte

Don’t be “so sad about being taxed,” President Rodrigo Duterte told the public on Wednesday, a day after he approved the proposal for the government to proceed with the second round of fuel excise tax hikes in 2019.

“Do not be so sad about being taxed because your money here during my term is safe. I will not allow corruption. I have fired so many Cabinet members for just an infraction,” he said in a speech during the Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas in Malacañang.

SOURCE: Duterte: Don’t be so sad about being taxed By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ / 12:37 AM December 06, 2018 Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Despite praise from Mr. Duterte’s supporters for his sacking of dozens of public officials — for violations including incompetence, corruption and drug-smuggling — only two of those fired have been formally charged with crimes. And that the president fires his allies by no means negates the fact that, in most cases, it was he who hired them.
In fact, several have been reappointed to other, often higher, positions, despite Mr. Duterte’s vow to never tolerate even a “whiff” of corruption. Among those was the customs chief, who was tied to the smuggling of more than a ton of crystal meth in an operation that allegedly involved the president’s son and son-in-law.

Reward is the flip side of accountability. Many of Mr. Duterte’s political appointees are supporters who appear to have received payment for deeds laid at the president’s feet.

Members of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, for example, received high-level appointments following their actions against opposition figures, like Senator Leila de Lima, who was been in jail for more than a year on dubious testimony from convicted drug lords. Their efforts also helped lead to the ouster of the Supreme Court chief justice, who infuriated the administration with her independence.

SOURCE: Miguel Syjuco (2018). The Bumbling Corruption of Rodrigo Duterte. May 23, 2018.

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