UNFAZED by the local and international condemnation of his war on drugs President Rodrigo yesterday said the campaign must be relentless and pursued by his successors.
“Wala akong pakiusap, wala akong hingiin sa inyo, just take care of your country and be careful about drugs. Do not allow drugs to destroy the next (generation),” the President told soldiers during his visit recently to Camp Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan, home of the First Scout Ranger Regiment.
Duterte said the next leaders — be it president or mayor — they must continue the campaign against the illicit trade.
“Maski sino ma-presidente, sino ma-mayor dyan, sabihin ninyo, . . Sir, do not… huwag ninyong sirain ang Filipino,” he said.
“Do not ever, ever — huwag kayong pumayag. Maski sino ma-presidente, sino ma-mayor dyan, sabihin ninyo, putang ina, Sir, do not... huwag ninyong sirain ang Filipino,” he said.
Duterte reiterated his commitment to give soldiers what they need in their task and repeated that their pay will be doubled by December.
He promised to give the Scout Rangers in Camp Tecson a Glock 30 pistol each.
“Because you are good boys, trained well, and showed before me talagang ano ang scout ranger. Just give me time, I’ll order them. I’ll give each one of you… Bigyan ko kayo Glock 30 caliber 45. Kailangan iyan sa giyera,” the President said.
He added that the Glock 30 will be delivered within the month.
“I will be there. Next year kung gumanda ang income ko, I’ll start with the program, libre na ang mga anak ninyo, sa Kindergarten to high school,” he said to a round of applause.
“Ako ang magpakulong,” Duterte reassured soldiers as he asked them not to allow the country to disintegrate.
Brushing aside allegations by Edgar Matobato, a confessed hitman, that he ordered the killing of some 1,000 suspected criminals and opponents while he was still mayor of Davao City, Duterte told soldiers in his speech at Camp Dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela, “it’s a long fight ahead” and asked the government troops to protect the people and the country.
“Do not allow the country to disintegrate,” Duterte said.
“I am just saying that the ultimate warriors sa Constitution to protect the people is the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” the President said, assuring them “I will take care of you” .
Duterte said he is resolved to support the AFP as they intensify their war against terrorism.
“Abu Sayyaf no longer hungers for independence in Mindanao and (is) no longer hungry for autonomy. They are hungry for a fight to establish caliphate in Southeast Asia,” he said.
“You will get anything you need. Walang problema ibigay ko sa inyo lahat,” he said.
He stressed that drugs, terrorism and even corruption remain the country’s primary woes.