MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he would not approve requests to raise salaries, allowances and benefits in government companies, calling them "excessive."
Duterte also reiterated his resolve to cut red tape, urging Congress to pass a law that will "rightsize" the bureaucracy.
"I am not inclined to give increases right now, maybe 7 years from now," Duterte said in his annual address to Congress.
Salaries in government owned and controlled corporations are "excessive" and "extravagant," he said.
"I expect speedy reforms along this line. We will rightsize the government. Let's trim the excess fat and add more muscle through the expeditious passage of the act rightsizing the national government to improve public service," he said.