President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Filipino billionaires to help the country by building drug rehabilitation centers even as he asked his critics to adopt an addict and share a love between fellow men.
The President even joked that he would have them incarcerated if the billionaires snubbed his call.
“Naghihintay lang ako sa mga bilyonaryo dito na magpagawa rin. Maski 10-room, okay na ’yan. So the next time I will call for the billionaires of the Philippines,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang.
“Gusto ko silang kausapin dito. Magbigay kayo o kayo ang ipasok ko doon sa…” he added, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
Duterte clarified that it was just only a joke. “Hindi, biro lang ’yun. Ayaw ko ng away sir ha... Kung sino lang gusto mo magtulong, kung sino lang gustong magtulong,” Duterte said.
If you want, ’yung mga bleeding heart, if you really want to stop the violence and all, mag-adopt na lang (just adopt). Adopt an addict, share a love between your fellow man,” said Duterte.
He was speaking during the oath-taking of People’s National Movement for Federalism officers at the Palace.
Before mentioning this “proposal,” Duterte was talking about his government’s lack of funds for rehabilitation centers since the 2016 budget they are working with was prepared by the previous administration.
Duterte said that, by adopting addicts, his critics would know about their “perdition.”
He even joked that his critics can start choosing drug addicts to take in.
“Kasi kung gusto ninyo, lahat ng nasa Tondo unahan ko. Kayo na ang mamili kung sino ang gusto n’yo doon, babae, lalaki,” he said, to chuckles from his audience.
It will be recalled that San Miguel Corp. (SMC), through its social development arm San Miguel Foundation, and the Philippine government last week signed an agreement to build a drug rehabilitation facility in Bataan.
In a statement, SMC said the signing of agreement was in line with its earlier commitment to support the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
The company said that the rehabilitation facility would be the first of several that the company is looking to build under a P1-billion donation it pledged to the government in August.
“We’re fully supportive of our government’s anti-drug dependency efforts. We want to be able to do our part in helping drug dependents reform, especially the youth,” SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang said.
Duterte in his speech again thanked Chinese business Huang Rulun for funding the 10,000-bed mega rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija.
“I do not have the rehab houses. But marami pang bakante doon sa Fort Magsaysay. It’s good for 10,000. Kaya ako I’d like to thank that gentleman from China, si Huang,” Duterte said.