Bangladesh could outpace the Philippines in terms of economic growth if corruption persists in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday (September 16).
During the situation briefing on Typhoon Ompong in Ilocos Norte, Duterte said the Philippines “will never improve” if graft and corruption are not stamped out.
“If you cannot stop graft and corruption and there is no law and order in this country, we would be still second to the last or maybe Bangladesh would outpace us,” he said.
Duterte noted that while corruption exists in other countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines does not have the luxury of having oil.
“Kung may oil tayo gaya ng Brunei, matagal na tayong mayaman, sa totoo lang. Even with graft and corruption, just like the countries there… tataas parin tayo because oil is really much, much of our daily life,” he said.