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Speaking from experience: Duterte tells DSWD not to trust mayors on giving out doleouts

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President Rodrigo Duterte is not a fan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development giving funds for calamity victims, Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, and seniors citizens to mayors who would only give the money to his loyalists.

“Kung ibigay mo ‘yan sa mayor, dahan-dahan mawala ‘yan. I know. I’ve been mayor. At saka ‘yang pera i-devolve mo. Sabi ko, masama ‘yan. It’s not safe there,” he said.

He said the DSWD, after validating a list of beneficiaries with the help of the the Department of Interior and Local Government, should just give the funds or goods directly because these were from the national government.

Duterte said the Commission on Audit should also not tell him how he should spend government money, particularly on calamity funds.

“COA is a different entity. We run the Executive department. I do not want COA interfering of how I distribute the goods and money to the people. For as long as they reach the intended beneficiaries, COA has nothing to do with it. Except to audit. Huwag nila akong turuan kung paano ko gastusin ‘yang pera, in what way, I want just to be fair,” said Duterte in a speech.

Duterte is exasperated by how endless bureaucratic debates have delayed the release of calamity funds badly needed by flood or earthquake victims.

“ In my years of service sa gobyerno. Alam mo ‘yang bureaucracy and I don’t — I don’t mean to offend them, not all. Pero ‘yung iba kasi, especially if you want a decision right there and then. And you have to cut corners but not illegal,” said Duterte.

“Susmaryosep, debatihin ka pa. That’s what they do. They debate with you and day after tomorrow, nandiyan na naman, daldal na naman, daldal, daldal, daldal,” he added.