Duterte thinks 60 percent of mayors have mistresses: DILG exec

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Posted at Jul 24 2019 01:23 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte believes that 3 in 5 mayors are womanizers, which could be breeding corruption in government, an interior department official said Wednesday.

Duterte on Tuesday met with about 95 percent of the country's governors and mayors at a hotel in Manila, a day after his fourth State of the Address, said Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III.

"Sabi ni Presidente, ang hula niya 60 percent ng mga mayor, may babae," Densing told radio DZMM.

"Good governance is issue ng pangangailangan ng mga mayor saka iyung mga pangangailangan nila bilang ordinaryong tao. Kung marami sa kanila ang nambababae, parang mas malaki ang requirement nila na magkaroon ng pera sa bulsa nila," he added.

(The President said that his guess is that 60 percent of mayors have mistresses. Good governance is an issue of mayors' needs as an official and their needs as ordinary people. If many of them are philanderers, they would have a bigger requirement of having money in their pockets.)

Duterte, in his meeting with local chief executives, expressed "frustration" over government corruption, added Densing.

"Gusto nga n'ya mag-resign na dahil parang hindi niya mahabol iyung tuloy-tuloy na korapsyon," he said.

(He wanted to resign because he can't seem to chase the persistent corruption.)

The President, he said, also reminded local officials to reject any involvement in the narcotics trade.

"Kasi nasa huling 3 taon na po s'ya ng kaniyang panunungkulan, nire-emphasize n'ya lang na 'wag talagang maging involved sa ilegal na droga iyung mga local chief executives dahil talagang papatayin talaga n'ya," Densing said.

(Because he's down to the last 3 years of his term, he emphasized that local chief executives should not be involved in illegal drugs or else he'll kill them.)

Duterte also ordered the interior department to draft a memorandum circular ordering local officials to clear streets to ease traffic, and recommend the suspension of those who will not obey, said Densing.

DZMM, July 24, 2019