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He’s not yet sure if he’ll run for president in 2016, but he’s already talking about what he may do in the event that he gets elected as the nation’s top public official.
“Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to end corruption by abolishing Congress, as well as increasing the salaries of government employees, if he is elected president,” reports Ben Serrano in The Philippine Star.
Duterte was quoted as saying, “I will not run if I think I can’t make significant changes or reforms in our country. That’s why I am still awaiting for a sign from God.”
Duterte went on to say that he would “replace Congress with a parliamentary federal form of government.”
He explained, “If we will follow the presidential form of government, it will take us 40 to 50 years before we can achieve the needed reforms.”
To top it all off, Duterte said “private and government workers earning PHP25,000 per month and below would be exempted from paying taxes.” Plus, he indicated that “the tax collection system will be simplified to avoid corruption.”