President Rodrigo Duterte once again profusely thanked the men in uniform valiantly waging a war against religious extremists in the south.
“Sa inyo lang talaga ako umaasa at sa inyo rin ako magpapasalamat personally (I solely rely on you and I would like to thank you personally). And I would not forget this episode in my life that I had to work with you closely,” he told troopers of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade in Sarangani province on Wednesday.
Even in terms of medical care, the chief executive said, the soldiers would be given the best. He mentioned again that he opted to take commercial flights so that the military could use two presidential planes to ferry wounded soldiers.
“Sabi ko, ‘yan ang gamitin. Okay lang ako. Okay lang commercial flight. Your life is as important as mine. It is not because I am President and you are just a soldier. Tabla tayong lahat. And so, your services are also needed as badly as mine,” Duterte said.
In terms of taking care of their families, Duterte vowed that by the time he stepped down from Malacañang, “a big amount” would have been set aside for the education of the soldiers’ children.
“It will be a trust fund to be administered by the Central Bank para wala talagang kakawkaw ‘yung kamay. And it will be for the, solely, education ng mga anak ninyo. Lahat talaga, kung gusto lang mag-aral, makakatapos. ‘Yan ang pangako ko sa inyo, before I leave the Presidency,” he told the applauding troops.
“Pero dapat, every encounter, patay lahat. Ayoko magdala ng buhay, preso. Papakainin ko pa ‘yan,” he said referring to what’s happening in Marawi.
As a lawyer himself, Duterte explained that a person could only be detained and tried in the place where he committed the crime.
“Saan ako maglagay ng presuhan sa Marawi ngayon?” Na pag-alis, maglagay ako ng jail diyan. Iilan lang naman talaga ang pulis. Hindi naman natin madagdagan ng isang libo.
Source: CNN Philippines