Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the President would instead use the remainder of his term to fight corruption in government.
“Hindi natuloy ang resignation ni Presidente. Tingin ko hindi siya magre-resign ngayon dahil dalawang taon na lamang natitira sa kanyang termino. Pero igugugol ang natitirang panahon niya para linisin ang mga iba’t-ibang ahensya ng ating gobyerno (The President’s resignation did not push through. I think he will not resign now because he has two years left in his term. But he will use the remaining term to clean up government agencies),” Roque said during a televised press briefing Tuesday.
Roque admitted that this was not the first time the President offered to resign, saying he has expressed frustration that corruption remained rampant in government. He maintained that the President has “zero tolerance” for corruption, citing his efforts to clean up the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
Asked if the President was serious in his resignation offer, Roque said: “Let’s just say he’s serious about his expression of exasperation with corruption.”
In his televised address Monday night, the President bared that he has offered to resign because he was fed up with corruption in government. Citing his long experience in public service, Duterte admitted it was difficult to eliminate corruption.
The President, in the same remarks, disclosed plans to enhance the anti-corruption efforts. He said he was ready to appear before Congress to discuss ways to “cut corruption” and simplify government rules to promote the ease of doing business in the country. He said he has an “almost radical” plan against corruption.
On PhilHealth, Duterte said he would propose to Congress the abolition of the state health corporation which has been hounded by corruption allegations. He said a new agency will created “out of the ruins of the old one.”