Speaking to more than 420 soldiers and civilian personnel of Army’s 4th Infantry Diamond Division (4ID), President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that once the country is already free from drugs, he is then good for retirement.
Putting stoppage to crime and drug trade in the country is the flagship of Duterte administration.
In his first two months of presidency, the president has released and publicized names of individuals who are into drugs.
He said that doing so is a consonance of him being the country’s President to “let Philippines know who are these people involved in drugs in order for them to protect their selves.”
Moreover, he said that doing this can spare the agony and grief of a child who was raped and of parents working hard abroad for a longest span of time only to find out that their daughter was raped of a drug addict or their son became a victim of drug addiction.
In the middle of his speech where he delivered for more than 30 minutes, he said, “I grieved for women raped, men killed, infant raped.”
He also said, “Kapag mapabilis lang yang Federalism at malinis ko sa droga ang Pilipinas, I am ready to retire (If the Federalism government will just be approved for implementation and I can eventually clean drugs out in this country, I am good for retirement).”
In his Talk to Troops with 4ID, the president also discussed about his fight in ending the conflict with rebellious groups.
It pains me deeply to really do that, to sign papers and documents to bring in more bullets and bombs just to kill more Filipinos but as much as you really want to be shining armor of peace, there are things that we really have to take care of, he said.
He mentioned a violent group who he said desires to gain authority not through election but by armed struggle. He addressed that he understands the matters of ideology these people believe in, however, “meron tayong sentimento but we can’t translate it to violence (We share the same sentiment but we can’t translate it to violence),” he said.
During the president’s visit to Cagayan de Oro City and in Misamis Oriental on August 9, he led the awarding ceremony of gold cross medal to nine officers and enlisted personnel who showed gallantry in action during an encounter with approximately 80 heavily armed members of the New People’s Army in Valencia City, Bukidnon last August 5.
These troops are under 1st Special Forces Battalion, Special Forces (Airborne), Special Operations Command, Philippine Army which is operationally controlled by 403rd Infantry Brigade of 4ID.
Namely, these are 1Lt Lorefel O. Judaya, 2Lt Marvin S. Jacinto, 2lt Jehiel P. Liw-agan, 2Lt Aljosh Iman A. Arreola, Sgt Harold D. Nimenzo, Cpl Raelcum T. Mendador, Cpl Brendo C. Espiritu and PFC Jaynard E. Llander.
Aside from this, wounded personnel medal were also given to enlisted personnel, PFC Ricky Borja and PFC Richelle V. Sandigas, of similar unit after sustaining gunshot wounds during the second encounter at the same area. (IJBD/PIA)