Duterte urges OFWs to 'raise hell' vs. corrupt officials
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night faced the Filipino community in Beijing as part of his four-day trip to China, and advised them to "raise hell" if ever they are being victimized by corrupt officials.
In a speech, Duterte encouraged Filipino workers in China to help the government in its fight against corruption by being "assertive" and by standing up to corrupt officials.
"Kapag hindi kayo nag-assert ng right niyo, hindi talaga mamamatay 'tong corruption na 'to," he said.
Duterte, who lamented how corruption seems to have become part of Philippine culture, noted how balikbayans are often victims of unscrupulous airport and immigration personnel.
"Kapag umuwi kayo, nagdala kayo ng perfume diyan, pagbukas ng ano, may lima ka, kukunin [nila] ang dalawa, 'di ba?" he said. "Tapos papahirapan pa sa immigration."
He told the audience that such abuses by government personnel happen because "you are not asserting your rights."
"From now on, kung may maghingi [ng pera] sa inyo — que se hodang presidente 'yan, vice president — para sa papel mo, p********, sampalin mo," Duterte said to loud applause.
He encouraged Filipinos who are victims of corruption to "raise hell."
"Magsisigaw ka. Makukuha 'yan ng mga media dun, makuha ng TV, aabot talaga sa akin 'yan. At pag umabot sa akin 'yan..." Duterte warned. —KBK, GMA News