VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Duterte’s ‘never-ending’ fight against drugs and corruption in his own words

(Part two of two) Simultaneously with the war against illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte launched what he described as a relentless and sustained campaign against corruption in the bureaucracy to eradicate the menace “within three to six months,” as he had promised during the 2016 presidential campaign.

He vowed to end corruption “both in the high and low echelons of government,” stressing the need to address the issue “with urgency.”

As Duterte’s six-year term ends on June 30, let’s look at the twists and turns of Duterte’s war against corruption, now well past his self-imposed deadline of three to six months from June 2016. Watch this video:

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ABS-CBN News Youtube Channel, Duterte’s final word: Stop and obey the law, April 24, 2016

RTVMalacañang, The Inaugural of Rodrigo Roa Duterte, 16th President of the Philippines, June 30, 2016

RTVMalacañang, 2016 State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, July 25, 2016

RTVMalacañang, 2017 State of the Nation Address, July 24, 2017

Official Gazette of the Philippines, Executive Order No. 43, Oct. 4, 2017

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RTVMalacañang, 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary (Speech) 6/17/2019, June 17, 2019

RTVMalacañang, Kumusta Po Mahal Kong Kababayan? | Meeting on COVID-19 Concerns and Talk to the People on COVID-19, Oct. 26, 2020

RTVMalacañang, WATCH: President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the Nation, Feb. 24, 2021

RTVMalacañang, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s 6th State of the Nation Address, July 26, 2021

RTVMalacañang, Inauguration of the New Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital (Speech), May 4, 2022

Presidential Communications Operations Office, The President’s Final Report to the People 2016-2021, July 26, 2021


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