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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pres. Duterte to AFP: “I am fighting a war; you need to come in fast “

by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY -  “I am fighting a war here, drugs  and terrorism. It will need your sacrifice and mine too. You’ll need to come in very fast,” President Duterte addresseda crowd of government troopers at the Western Mindanao Command Gymnasium during his visit here yesterday, July 21.

“We are stretch thin.Wala akong  pulis na ilalatag dyan, tapos ang shabu is rampaging.” This statement connotes how serious he is in eliminating illegal drug activities in the country that he is willing to bet his life on it.

“The problem on drugs  is beyond our reach. For all you know ang mga protector dyan eh nandito lang,” he said.

“You’ll have to love your country. Do it for the love of country, do not do it for me. I do not need it. Trabaho tayong lahat. Trabahante lang ako.” This he uttered with the advise not to develop loyalty to him but to the country.

“Ito lang masabi ko, do your duty, if you are ordered for an operation against shabu, at nagka sabit sabit kayo, huwag kayo matakot. I will be there,”with the assurance that he will not allow them to go to jail so long as the operation is mandated by law.

President Duterte called on concerned authorities to take solace from his statement: “In the fulfillment of duty or in the performance of your task, mandate,you will have my support- one hundred percent.”

“Lahat ng ini-execute ninyo, utos ko, akin yan, mine and mine alone. Basta yung trabaho natin. So huwag kayong matakot, I am there for you,”  he said, taking full and sole responsibility for his mandate to rid the country of drugs and terrorism.

“Basta inutusan kayo to do a civilian mandate, for example drugs.Go ahead, di na ako magtanong kung paano ninyo ginawa. Basta ako pagnagkasabit kayo sa trabaho mandated by law, you will have my protection,” he emphasized.

Meanwhile, the President announced that his administation is in need of atleast 3000 policemen to meet the challenges of urban terrorism and highlighted on the more than 80,000 drug pushers and users all over the country who surrendered to authorities.This is a manifestation that his administration really means business when it comes to ridding the country of the drug menace.