For President Rodrigo Duterte, the use of protocol plates by politikos is nothing however a self-importance that taxpayers must pay for.

In a speech on the inauguration of a bridge in Davao del Norte Thursday (May 18), Duterte forwned on the inconvenience the general public has to endure when politikos get VIP therapy, as is the case with him.

“I was going around Manila pati dito using sirens and kung magbaba mga dalawang pulis tapos may isang… Ngayon you are wasting money, sino ba ang papatay sa iyo?” he requested.

Duterte urged politikos to be “low-key” because it’s taxpayers which must pay for his or her bills.

“Huwag tayong mag-hambog kay hindi man natin pera ‘yan at saka wala ‘yang mga status symbol na mga siren-siren,” he stated.

Duterte stated he has banned members of the Cabinet from utilizing the “6” protocol plate since it’s simply a standing image and an expression of self-importance.