MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte vows to dismiss from service government officials and employees who go on extended lunch breaks and cut short their work hours to stroll in malls.
In a video posted by RTVM on Saturday, Duterte reminded employees both in national and local government offices that they are paid by the Filipino people to work eight hours a day.
“Bayad tayo. So pag inindian mo ang tao, wala sa opisina mo…after lunch break nasa mga mall, nagpapasyal-pasyal, pag nangyari yan uli, dismissed ka,” Duterte said.
The President went on to say that employees who do this actually commit “estafa” and “swindling.”
“Technically, kayong mga taga-gobyerno, when you are not there to serve the people, you’re committing estafa. It’s not clearly defined but the act is actually swindling. It’s under Article 8 of the Revised Penal Code,” he said.
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“You’re swindling the people. Bayad ka ng otso oras tapos andyan ka na lang dalawa, tatlong oras, pasyal-pasyal,” he added. “Magtrabaho kayo.”