DAVAO CITY-- President Rodrigo Duterte has assured businessmen that the Philippines is "fundamentally peaceful".
The fight in Marawi would soon be over, Duterte said in his speech at the Davao Investment Conference 2017 held at the SMX Convention Center here Friday.
He further said that he wants errant government workers who were named through his complaint hotline 8888 to kneel before the public and vow not to repeat their mistakes.
Duterte said he would want to talk to the errant government employees in MalacaAang.
You there, you resign or get out from your authority if you cannot get out of government service, or I resign, he said.
But you have to kneel down before the public, and you have to promise the people that we are serving that you have to improve your service.
Duterte also reiterated his call to the public to assert their rights and lodge complaints against government employees who are giving them a difficult time.
Report to me the name. Name the employee publicly. I will protect you, he said.
The president however asked the public to also be patient as he has been in office for only a year, adding that much work needs to be done.
Meanwhile, in a media interview following the investment conference, Duterte said consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) who were released by the government for the peace negotiations, should surrender or be hunted down by government forces.
They will have to surrender or we will hunt them down. I'm sorry. Please do not resist because magkagulo tayo niyan (we would have trouble there), he said.
If you resist with a firearm or with violence there, do not resist, surrender, because ang usapan natin i-release kayo (our agreement was I would release you) conditionally so that you can participate in the talks and make it successful because your presence is needed... But since there are no more talks, stick to the agreement and surrender.
The government has stopped its back channel talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-NDF-New People's Army, following attacks on government forces.
Source: Philippines News Agency