MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Ping Lacson on Tuesday renewed his call on the President Rodrigo Duterte to exercise “strong political will” in the effort to weed out corruption from the government.
This comes after Duterte in a televised address Monday night revealed that he offered to resign over corruption allegations surrounding top government officials.
“Instead of resigning, the president only needs to be consistent in applying the anti-graft and corruption laws to both friends and foes,” Lacson said in response on Tuesday.
“Strong words and warnings may work, but only when backed by political will and followed by concrete actions. There is no better way,” he added.
Lacson offered the same response earlier this month when a proposal to give Duterte emergency powers to clean up the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. was floated at the House of Representatives.
“Ewan ko kung sabihin ko ito sa inyo. I offered to resign as president. Pinatawag ko ‘yung lahat ng… Sabi ko na I have — kasi nagsasawa na ako,” Duterte said last night.
Referring to corrupt officials, he added: “You better come up with an explanation that is really good to hear because kung mawalaan ako ng pasensya, bastusin talaga kita (if i lose patience I will really disrespect you).”
“Or Congress can call me and we will discuss…I do not have any qualms about you setting up oversight committees. That is good. More people watching the people’s money, the better,” he added.