PH economy to fall behind Myanamar due to corruption – duterte
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday warned that Myanmar would overtake the Philippines if corruption as well as peace and order problem would not be addressed.
“If we cannot take care of corruption, mas lalo na talagang ma-overtake na tayo ng Myanmar (Myanmar will really overtake us),” Duterte said during the situation briefing on the effects of Typhoon Ompong in Isabela province.
A report of the World Bank in 2017 showed the Philippines was the third biggest economy behind Indonesia and Thailand in Southeast Asia while Myanmar ranked seventh out of 10 countries in the region.
Duterte said he was crafting proposed amendments to the procurement law that he would submit “one of these days” to Congress.
He described the lowest bid as the source of corruption from the national government down to the barangay (village) level.
“That lowest bid should be out of the picture. It has not contributed to our national development. It has not contributed anything to the lessening or stopping of corruption. Rather, it is being perpetuated to this day, this moment to just rob government of money,” Duterte said during his visit in Ilocos Norte last Sunday.
Duterte said the peace and order problem was another immediate concern that should be addressed if the county wants to entice more investors and tourists to come in.
He said if the conflict in Mindanao and the problem of insurgency will not be solved, “we cannot have a progressive country”.
“We do not have the riches but we can always struggle, make our country safe so that they can come in, investors or tourists,” Duterte said.