Frustrated over red tape, Duterte wants to 'reinvent' government

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2017 08:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the mass oath-taking ceremony of presidential appointees and officials from various organizations in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang Palace on July 17. King Rodriguez, Malacanang Photo

MANILA– President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday expressed frustration over red tape, saying he would like to reorganize government to make transactions with state agencies more efficient. 

In a speech in Davao City, Duterte lamented how certain government agencies have made it challenging for the public to transact with them.

“I would like to destroy government itself. If I had my way, I would, and reinvent something more than just...not the powers. We can have less powers but [a] more efficient organization,” he said.

“If there’s an ideal set-up that we can follow, I’d be glad to destroy government and put in place something of a bureaucratic authority that would move by itself automatically without the need [for] an authority there and an authority here,” said Duterte, in an apparent reference to overlapping functions of state agencies.

The President, now on his first year in office, has vowed to rid government of corrupt officials. He, however, admitted that firing corrupt state employees from the lowest levels was an impossible task.

“Name the employee publicly. I will protect you. Gusto mo sipain o sampalin ko pa ‘yang empleyado sa gobyerno na messing up with you,” he said.

“But you have to do your part. Now, I’m just a government employee for one year. Can I have your patience everybody?,” said Duterte, who has fired several officials accused of corruption. 

The President made this appeal as he sought more time and understanding to solve the ills in the bureaucracy.

“And then, I get the blame. Okay lang ‘yan. That’s part of the territory of being the President. You answer for everything. But kayong hindi makatulong... Not really for me but for the public,” he said.

In a bid to improve government services, Duterte established hotline 8888 early in his term to provide the public a platform to report corrupt and inefficient government employees.

He has also vowed to streamline the bureaucracy, prompting several lawmakers to propose bills towards the purpose.