MANILA—As he enters the second half of his term, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he would continue to make strides in fighting illegal drugs and corruption in government.
"Well one is that I have to preserve the accomplishments," he said in an interview over Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's TV program.
The chief executive, who has "zero-tolerance policy for corruption," said he has removed from office erring officials, including his close friends in the Cabinet.
"I can't cope up with corruption in the government. Sometimes I feel hopeless, helpless...," he added.
Heads rolled recently in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in which some 64 employees of the corruption-plagued agency were relieved from their duties.
In his campaign against the country's narcotics problem, Duterte said he would minimize it or if not, eradicate it at all.
"What I promised was, if elected president, I would return the right of the citizens to use the streets, alleys, parks and all without fear. I have, I think, I made my mark very clear," he said.