Duterte warns corrupt officials: Malacañang guards witnessed me beating up people

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President Rodrigo talks to the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea on November 16, 2018.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said guards in Malacañang have witnessed him beating up people, as he touted his efforts to eliminate corruption in the government.

"For the first time itong mga sundalo na gwardya sa Malacanang... for the first time nakita nila dito sa panahon ko talagang nambubugbog ako ng tao," Duterte said in a speech during the groundbreaking of a school in Bulacan.

The President, however, did not elaborate.

[Translation: For the first time guards in Malacañang witnessed that I really beat up people.]

"Talagang ikaw kapag hangol ka sa pera bantay ka kasi pakain ko talaga yung pera sayo," he added.

[Translation: If you're really greedy for money I will make you eat money.]

Duterte vowed that he will continue to dismiss more officials if corrupt practices continue in his office.

"Ilang Cabinet members na (A number of Cabinet members already), all of them were my friends, all of them worked for my election, all of them spent sleepless nights kaya pagdating doon sa Cabinet sabi ko (so when it comes to my Cabinet), 'I welcome all of you, but ito lang ang hihingin ko, 'wag lang sa corruption (it's the only I'll ask, not in corruption)," he said.

"If you do it (corruption) then it's goodbye, and it has come to pass na ganon talaga ang nangyari (that it's what happened) and there will be more if they will not behave in the Executive department," he said.

Duterte had dismissed several public officials for corruption and replaced them mostly with former military men.