06 April 2017
President Duterte: No compromise on drugs and corruption
President Rodrigo Duterte again highlighted the importance of the fight against illegal drugs and corruption as he vowed that his administration will never allow a compromise on these problems.

“And, itong, my stand, ang katayuan ko sa droga, pati corruption. I’ll just say sadly really na hindi ako aatras dito,” the President said in his speech before prosecutors in Angeles City, Pampanga on Wednesday, April 5.

“I will be a bit harsh and I will never compromise dito sa bagay na ‘to,” he said at the 29th annual convention of the Prosecutors League of the Philippines held at Royce Hotel & Casino.

The President also affirmed that as head of the government he will address the country’s problems.

“My oath sa Constitution and my swear to God, andyan lahat yan. What is it? I’ll give you an honest answer. It’s just a simple sentence. I am the President at this time and I get to solve the problems that were known only by now,” he said.

The Chief Executive noted that the beginning and the end of being President is to preserve the Filipino nation.

In the same speech, Duterte assured the prosecutors that their promotions will be based on merits.

“So I leave you with the message that we can work together and it’s gonna be a merit system. I will never, never allow politics to set in,” the President said.

“Kaya kung kayo for promotion or anything, huwag na kayong maghingi ng rekomendasyon sa politiko, talagang gaganunin ko ‘yan. Stand on your merit,” he said.

Meanwhile, the President said he has talked to Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza and government panel chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III.

“So ‘yung land reforms suportado ko hanggang ngayon and I just had a talk with the, just before pababa dito, Dureza and Bello called me. May ganon ganon nag-usap sila,” he said.

He instructed the two Cabinet officials to tell Jose Maria Sison that he can come home and will be given a freedom of movement.

“Sabi ko you know you tell Sison because he is sick, he’s very sick. He can come home. I’ll give him a free… freedom of movement. I will not arrest him. I’ll even pay for his facilitation kung gusto niya,” he said.

“But there are these three things that I will not. Una is to stop the revolutionary tax. Napapahiya ako eh. So if you continue, engkwentro talaga tayo diyan,” the President noted.

He also cited the release of prisoners and the claiming of territory.

“Second is release all prisoners. Sabi nila within the next two days. Third is do not claim any territory in this, may-ari as an administrator of government ako ang may ari ng lahat ng lupa dito. Do not claim any territory,” he further explained.

“Kasi pagpasok ng mga sundalo at sibilyan sabihin man nila na eh pumasok siya sa teritoryo namin… Then guarantee of a ceasefire that’s not… That’s more or less substantial on the parameters really established,” the President said.###PND

President Duterte promises better housing settlement for military, police
Puerto Princesa, Palawan — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, April 6, vowed that government will construct better housing projects for the uniformed personnel.

“So nakikiusap na ako sa inyo as your President na ibigay na lang natin sa kanila, sa Kadamay and do not worry because I will build you a better one,” Duterte told the soldiers during his visit at Camp General Artemio Ricarte.

The President was referring to the group Kadamay who occupied vacant housing units in resettlement area in Pandi, Bulacan intended for the military and policemen.

“Huwag kayo magsama ng loob tutal ang naibigay naman natin sa ating kapwa Pilipino eh at saka mahirap rin. But it doesn’t mean to say that government, ako, has forgotten you. I said I commit to you now na may magdating sa inyo na bago at mas maganda,” he added.

The Chief Executive pledged that the resettlement sites will have water and electricity unlike the housing projects of the previous administrations.

Aside from houses, the President also promised to provide firearms to the uniformed service.

He said he does not want soldiers to walk around Mindanao without guns. (These) “hopefully will bolster your sense of security and vigilance,” he said.

Prior to his speech, the President witnessed the planting of a narra tree named “Dutertree” in front of the headquarters of the Western Command.


The Chief Executive attended a situation briefing led by Western Command Commander Lt. Gen. Raul del Rosario at the News Conference Room: on various security updates on West Philippine Sea; developments in Recto Bank involving other claimant countries; oil explorations; and sustained peace efforts on Internal Security Operations in Palawan.

Meanwhile, the President told reporters that he has instructed the Armed Forces of the Philippines to occupy the islands in the West Philippine Sea during the situation briefing.

“Well, the usual. We tried to be friends with everybody but we have to maintain our jurisdiction now, at least the areas under our control. And I have ordered the Armed Forces to occupy all — these so many islands, I think nine or 10 — lagyan ng structures and the Philippine flag,” he said.

He also threw his full support to the development of the Pag-asa airport.

“Gagastos ako diyan sa fortifications diyan because I want to — including the Benham Rise on the right side of the Philippines in the Pacific,” he said, adding that he will officially claim it as ours and rename it as “Philippine Ridge”.

“Kasi parang ridge…continuous kasi ang continental shelf diyan sa baba eh…it connects one ridge to another,” the President explained.


The Chief Executive said he is eyeing to dismiss more erring government workers.

“Mag-dismiss pa ako ng marami. I have dismissed about 92, karamihan sa mga LTFRB, LTO,” he said. ###PND

PRRD awards wounded personnel medallions to 28 soldiers, Jolo, Sulu
JOLO, SULU – President Rodrigo Duterte today awarded the Wounded Personnel Medallion (WPM) to 28 soldiers of the 41st Infantry Battalion (41st IB) who were wounded-in-action (WIA) after a three-hour crossfire with members of rebel group, Abu Sayyaf.

At Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital, where two officers and 26 enlisted personnel are currently admitted, Duterte personally pinned the WPM, commending the men’s bravery in service of the country.

The soldiers also received cash assistance, a firearm and a mobile phone for their personal use.

“I am impressed by your performance here. Haping-happy ako,” Duterte told members of the 41st IB during a speech at the Camp Teodulfo Bautista covered court, where he was presented with 62 recovered firearms.

He also promised the construction of housing projects for members of the military and the distribution of Gloc Caliber 45 model 30 guns to each soldier to ensure their safety outside of camps. This he promised to deliver by the end of the year.

“Lahat ng maitulong ko sa inyo, ibibigay ko. Yung housing na inagaw ng mga mahirap lang rin, hayaan na ninyo ‘yan. Gawaan ko kayo ng bago at yung mas maganda,” Duterte said.

Duterte also said that his administration is in talks with Nur Misuari, leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), as well leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to help in the pursuit of peace in the country.

“Nur Misuari is talking to me sabi nya konting panahon lang kasi ina-assemble nya yung mga tauhan nya dito,” Duterte said. “Wala na sana tayong problema, except yung droga pati yung terorismo.”

But while he extends a hand of peaceful cooperation with other rebel groups, Duterte reiterates his tough stand against Abu Sayyaf and terrorism.

“Dito [terrorism] walang atrasan ‘to, pati sa droga. Masisira ang bayan natin dito. Wala tayong makukuha sa kanila [Abu Sayyaf] na ano,” he said. “They would not honor kahit anong klaseng usapan. Gusto lang nila patay, patay, patay, patay. Yun lang ang alam nila. Eh ‘di ubusin natin sila eh.”

On the other hand, Duterte said he has invited CPP-NPA-NDF founder, Joma Sison, to return to the Philippines to full medical treatment and assistance, following the revolutionary group’s call to resume peace talks with the government.

“Ngayon sila ang nakikiusap, alam nyo bakit? Sison is sick, very sick,” he said. “I offered him, sabi ko, umuwi ka ako mag bayad ng hospital mo. Walang problema sa amin. Pilipino rin tayo pero pagpatuloy natin yung usapan. We have to have peace.”

“Alam ko mabigat sa loob ninyo, kasama ninyo namatay,” Duterte told the 41st IB soldiers. “But you know, we cannot fight another 50 years.”###PCO-Davao