DAVAO CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to follow in his footsteps of avoiding corruption at all means.
"Sabi ko talaga sa lahat, no corruption pati iyang droga," Duterte said at the former special assistant to the president's thanksgiving party. "That was the rule when I was trying to build a comfortable Davao City."
Duterte expressed gratitude in having Go as his aide for over 20 years.
He also told Go to imitate his simple lifestyle.
"Yung pera ko is P28 million... Meron kami but not enough to squander.. I don't want to be burden sa aking anak," he added.
Duterte said there were times that he parted ways with some officials under his administration because he doesn't tolerate corruption.
"Yung latest FDA asawa ni Punong... Hindi ko alam na nag gold mine sa mga corrupt.. Pag nalaman ko deretso na," he said.
Duterte received "numerous" complaints regarding former Food and Drug Administration director-general Nela Charade Puno, his spokesman earlier said.
Malacañang last week announced Puno's termination, citing the President's continuing mandate to eradicate graft and corruption" as grounds for her removal.
"The President also wants to share to the public that he has received numerous, as in numerous complaints from doctors, including his own doctor about the former director general (Puno), and many complaints from other sectors," Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said during a Palace press briefing.
Puno, however, described the allegations against her as "clear attack" on her character.
"I respect the President. It's just that if they wanted me out, they could have just talked to me because this is a clear attack of my character. I have asked them. There's no response," she said.