Philippines’ Duterte will make ‘massive’ government reshuffle

President-elect announces reforms to law enforcement and tax agencies.

Ranks across the Philippines Government will be overhauled when President-elect Rodrigo Duterte takes office on June 30. “There will be a massive reshuffle so I am putting a notice now to everybody,” he said in a press conference. Duterte singled out the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Corrections in his plans, after five people died at a concert in Pasay city. He will make changes across all ranks from chief to janitor, he said, adding: “When I reshuffle, I don’t reshuffle [just] officers. There will be a massive movement.” Duterte’s team earlier this month announced his plans for changes to tax agencies. “Efforts will be complemented by reforms in the bureaucracy of the tax-collecting agencies. This will fulfill the president-elect's promise that there will be less corruption in the government," said Carlos Dominguez, a member of Duterte’s transition team. He will also provide quicker business licences to make the country more attractive to foreign investors, Dominiguez said. Rural development is another priority for Duterte, where his government will help farmers increase their agricultural productivity. Image from Rodrigo Duterte's Facebook page.