By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang will no longer forge “barong tagalog” tailoring contracts due to President Duterte’s concern that it has become a source of corruption.
President Duterte has ordered a stop to the barong “racket” after threatening to fire an official for sitting on the payment for traditional “barong tagalog” given and worn by visiting world leaders to the country.
“Ayaw ko na ‘yung kami pa dito ang mag-kontrata ng mga barong. ‘Yan ang raket diyan eh. Kontrata ng mga barong ng mga heads of state pumupunta dito,” Duterte said before an assembly of Filipino-Chinese businessmen in Malacañang last Tuesday.
“Sabi ko, itapon mo ‘yang trabahong ‘yan sa iba. Bakit ako maging tailoring dito sa Malacañang?” he added.
The President did not identify the official involved in the “barong” racket but echoed the frustration of private tailors who were given the runaround in the Palace.
“Meron dito, dito sa Malacañang ganon. I’m supposed to talk with the lady here. Sabi ko, talagang papaalisin kita,” he said
Last Monday, the President first revealed about the government official’s failure to pay the “barong” tailors on time. The tailors reportedly went back and forth to the Palace several times asking for their payment.
Annoyed by the latest incident, Duterte has directed all government agencies to meet the payment for goods and services within 15 days.
“Fifteen days lahat ng payables sa mga civilians para walang corruption,” he said.
If the person is not paid on time, Duterte encouraged the filing of a complaint through the public hotline 8888 for appropriate action.
“Marami akong imbestigador, pupuntahan ko lang ‘yan diyan. Puro abuso, puro corruption. Sinabi ko na, maghinto na kayo,” he said.
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