ISABELA, Philippines- President Rodrigo Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, September 17, assured the military of protection and equipment in fighting terrorism in the country.
“What I can assure you is for as long as I’m president, you will have all equipment and weaponry necessary to win the war or at least to defeat them in every fight,” Duterte said during his visit of the troopers of the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Gamu, Isabela.
Duterte made the promise as he remind them not to allow the country to “disintegrate” amid the drug and terrorism problems in the country.
“I am just saying that the ultimate warriors sa Constitution to protect the people is the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)… just do what is the mandate of the Constitution and I will take care of you,” Duterte said.
Duterte said he will not allow any army or police to go to jail for doing job against terrorism and drug problems.
He also said that he had given Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana the “absolute authority” to buy whatever is necessary.
Duterte also revealed that “somebody” who requested not to be identified has donated to the Philippine government P1 billion. He said he will use some in building field hospitals for the military.
“And ‘yung mga field hospitals ninyo. I’d like to mention it to you now for the first time. Somebody is giving us one billion, to ‘yung sa mga… Davao meron doon hospital. We will complete it so that kung maari lang, ipauna ko ‘yung sa Jolo. Doon ko ilagay ‘yung hospital na mga operating room, lahat na nang kailangan,” the president said.
(And for your field hospitals, I’d like to mention it now for the first. Someone is giving us P1 billion. These are… We have hospitals like this in Davao. We will complete it so that if possible, we will prioritize the hospital for Jolo [Sulu]. I will place a hospital there with operating room and complete facilities.)
He also mentioned his earlier promise to convert his presidential planes to air ambulance, so the military could “save more lives.”