Duterte: Gov’t contracts must be settled by Dec. 15

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 20 2019 10:17 PM | Updated as of Nov 21 2019 01:23 AM

Duterte said military officials and government employees who are sluggish with their work should see their way out of their posts. Ace Morandante, Presidential Photo

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered all government offices and agencies to decide on pending transactions next month.

“Even the Cabinet members, they have one month to decide. I must have your decision (on) the papers before you. And I said last night, it has to be Dec. 15,” he said in a speech during the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense.

“It’s been so many months now. Papers that are on your table must be out with a decision. If it’s for approval, good; if it is for denial, fine. But let it out.”

The President said military officials and government employees who are sluggish with their work should see their way out of their posts.

“If you think that you are not up to the mandate of being hurried up, and then you go out and tell your commander to replace you. In the Civil Service, it’s more . . . Even the directors, I saw some contracts there,” he said.

“It seems that things are moving very slow. And that is why it is still a source of corruption. The longer you sit on the paper or nothing at all — either you are not working, you are a... I don’t know what you’d do with government.”