President Duterte visits typhoon-striken Batanes, 15 Oct. 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte visited Batanes on Friday afternoon, October 14 to inspect damages wrought by typhoon Ferdie that left a trail of devastation in this island province

“Mahal ko ang bayan pati Batanes, kalayo-layo nito. (I love my country including Batanes which is a long way off.),” Duterte said.

President Duterte said that under his watch, government services will be more efficient and free of corruption.

“Ngayon itong law and order, sabihin ko sa inyo, sabi ko walang corruption, walang droga, walang kriminalidad. I will not stop, masiguro ninyo, itaga ninyo kung saan ninyo itaga ‘yan. I will not stop until the last pusher, until the last drug lord is taken away,” the President said.

President Duterte has also given an ultimatum to government agencies in the processing of documents to enable the country to move forward.

“I’m telling you now, let us give the Filipino a respite of all of these years’ suffering corruption in government,” he said.

He said licensing and other permits should take no more than three days to complete and other national services no more than one month to expedite.PND