July 31, 2016 – Remarks of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his attendance to the “An Evening with the Commander-in-Chief”
|Remarks of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his attendance to the “An Evening with the Commander-in-Chief”|
|PSG Grandstand, Malacañang Park, Manila|
|31 July 2016|
|Let me begin by addressing myself to you through your officer, Brigadier General Rolando Bautista; (applause) Secretary Salvador Medialdea; (applause) Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs, General Arthur Tabaquero; (applause) the men and women of the Presidential Security Group; ang mga pamilya ninyo, pati yung mga anak nandito ngayon.
Good evening and I would like to just be in the short or long, depende sa takbo ng—you know, I’m happy to be here. I apologize for not meeting you earlier because you are after all just like me, working for the government. Eh kaya lang, I’m happy that you secure my person but just the same, I would like to caution everybody na I do not cultivate adoration or a personal loyalty. Just remain loyal to the Constitution and I’d be happy really. Just honor the flag. Pareho tayo trabahante lang sa gobyerno at ako’y galing pong mahirap na pamilya and from the ranks rin ako.
I started my career as a Special Counsel and that is a position that is lowest in the echelons of the prosecutorial body. Matagal ho ako doon and so mas maganda ang rapport ko sa military pati police because I was at one time in the past a prosecutor. Yung ako lang po yung piskal na assigned sa aming lugar, far away Mindanao to prosecute the rebels, prosecute the military offenders and the police, but I’d like you to tell a very simple story.
Lahat ng nagkakaso sa inyo—and it’s on record—in the performance of your duty, talagang dinismiss ko. Yun namang personal ninyo, alam ninyo yan, matagal na kayo sa—that has always been my, the rule and until now, if you do your duty in connection with your mandate, do it! At wag kayong matakot because usually may mga harassment-harassment. But I really do not believe yung mga ano, sometimes it is excessively done but you cannot discount that possibility in the heat of battle.
Wala man kayong—the moments that you enjoy with your family are really the moments of where you forget about the job. But pag labay mo, pag labay, pag-alis mo sa bahay, labay is Bisaya. Yun, trabaho na tayong lahat. Me also, paabutin ako ng Panginoong Diyos na matapos ako, good! If not, then that’s actually destiny. Pero ibalik ko lang sa inyo na lalo na yung labas pasok kayo sa command eh, but for you who would go off out there and fight for our country, the security of our people, you will have my full support.
Kaya ito na yung bagong alitan dito, but first itong droga, you have to help us. You have to help the police because we cannot, well, maintain order throughout the land every inch of the territory, that is impossible. Magsakay ka lang nga ng eroplano pupunta dito it’s 130 jet. And it is how vast the territory of the Philippine seas and I do not really expect that every moment in our lives na magkaroon tayo ng kapayapaan kaagad.
We have this drug problem, it was only after I became the president, I had become the President of the Republic that nakita ninyo gaano kalawak ang problema. I was the favorite whipping boy ng mga senador diyan and the field careers also criticizing me. Well and good, trabaho mo yan I do not really, I mean, I would not be mad at you even if—kasi nung piskal po ako, ganon rin eh, trabaho kung trabaho ako.
Okay lang, but noong nag-presidente na ako at inipit ko na ang lahat, lumabas ang totoo. But remember that two years ago, the PDEA came up with a statistic that there are about 3 million Filipino addicts. Noong ito nang na-Presidente na ako, tapos nilargahan ko, sabi ko: “We have to finish this problem because it is threatening our country with 3 million addicts, my God!” At ang nag-surrender today, just about 180. Doon nakita ng Pilipinas na gaano pala ang bigat ng problema natin. And so they started with drugs here, the Chinese actually.
Tapos nung alam nila na mainit na, hindi pa nila ako—long before I became a president, they transferred venues, so they are there. Our statistics and our intelligence matrix actually namelist yung mga ano, China has provided a profile. Ngayon na lang kasi nag-open na ako, sabi ko na China galing ang mga nagdisipatan na doon. And they are using the real time and they’re listening to us now. I’m very sure about that, lalo na yung Chinese military. But I hope they would have the good sense really of—ano ba ito? Are you there leaving it that way para magulo ang bayan ko? Are you into it or tulungan ninyo kami? Kasi alam nila eh, alam nga natin na ganito lang tayo kapobre sa ating technical knowhow, lalo na sila and besides andiyan sila sa bayan nila.
Sabi ko, dito mga yung sabi ng mga kolumnista, yung mga bright-bright diyan, where’s the big fish? Well, I’m sorry to say to you that the big fish is in China. If you want to get an international warrant and go there and arrest the idiots, but until now, wala talaga tayong magawa but I have to destroy the apparatus, and nakaganon na yan eh. At kung hindi ko ubusin dito, the supply and the demand, wala talagang mangyari. At ako, hindi ako nagpapayabang. Where it o another nanalo, maghirapan pa, mahirapan ang Pilipinas. Kung iba ang nanalo, hindi ako magyabang.
Well, Davao City is like that because ganon talaga. You go out of my city or I’ll kill you. Period. Why? Because you’re destroying my country, you’re destroying the young, peace, ang mga anak natin di na makalabas, takot! Pagsakay sa jeep, may holdaper. Tapos yung iba, pati—why do you think that I won by landslide sa labas ng mga boto? It’s because of insecurity na yung gamit nila ng pera na pinaghirapan nila sa loob, malulong sa droga ang anak, that’ a family dysfunction by the way, kaya nakakaawa eh. You, the mother is there, dito ang tatay, walang asawa, not even by biology, magkagulo talaga ang pamilya. O yung iba’t dalawang nanay pati tatay. You can just imagine the dysfunction of the family. Maawa ka sa Pilipino at ‘dre, hindi din ako komunista pero may dimension sa buhay ko, socialism ako kasi anak lang ako ng Moro. Nakatikim ako ng—na kami, like I can remember 1956 na-demolish yung bahay namin sa Davao. When my thought, in fact I thought that it was a wetland, basa eh, ewan ko, yun pala, Mindanao was divided so many years ago, dito lang sa Maynila. When they opened up Mindanao, ‘o, ito Pare, may bakante ito, baka duha.’ I cannot blame them for after all at the time when Mindanao was being divided, the Philippines was very big with 104 million ngayon, ang Pilipinas naging ang share, we are the number two sa in birth rate. Tapos ang ating economic growth nandito sa baba. Kaya ako tumakbo kasi nakita ko, it was government itself oppressing the people. Bugbog ang tao talaga—permit, lisensya, lahat na. Everytime ang pobre pagdating lagyan pa ng bala. Ay naku!
And it was—I’d like—puro naman kayo military, it was Ramos who went there long, long before. And he was pleading and he showed to me, so alam na namin pati si Ramos noon pa. Ayaw lang niya but he was sad, sabi niya he was the father of the police, tapos ganon ang nangyari. PNP, PC-INP, you know, nag-merge. I really cannot, sabi niya, “I need somebody to fix government—you.” Sabi ko, “Sir, ayaw ko, sir, wala akong pera.” Sabi niya, “Hindi! Ikaw. Magbook ka na.” I did not file, nagalit siya, pumunta sa Davao. Sabi ko, “Sir, wala ako pera at saka ayaw ko.” “Ganoon ba,” sabi niya. “Magkano ba maging presidente ngayon? I got it from my friends. You have the seed money. Run!” Araw-araw, tinawagan niya ako, pilit na talaga ako mag-substitute. Yan talaga ang totoo. He is still alive, you ask him. Ganon nangya—alam mo, ang problema, corruption pati, sabi niya, parang ang panahon ko sa pagkapresidency wala akong nai—I was not able to introduce anything that is a life changing story for all of us.
Kaya ganon, then come itong gusto ko, you know, I’m addressing to the wife: I’m trying to save lives kaya ako, I was, I hit the ground running, offered peace to everybody: to the communists, to the MI, MN pero yung mga kriminal, wala akong ano diyan. I cannot go into itong Abu Sayyaf. Those are the enemies that has—enemies that have to be destroyed.
Talagang, we have to just destroy them. Pero for the sake of peace and save lives, you know, we’re spending billions and I hate to, you know, sign a paper nung mayor ako to buy bullets just to kill a Filipino. Ito namang mga komunista, kaibigan kami, I am not—they are socialist but they are Communist Party of the Philippines. I am just socialist in my dimension kasi anak ako ng mahirap. I hate government that anyone oppressing the people. Tanim bala, yung mahirap, yung walang—hindi malakas, eh samantala namang kaming mga mayor, mga general, mga cabinet members, your wave of—maski magdala ka ng isang toneladang diyamante diyan o brilyante, balewala yan, sir. Oh, that is the kind of government that really eats into the core of our essence as a Filipino.
Sa panahon ko, it will be clean. Tandaan niyo yan. Talagang, Congress, sinabi ko sa kanila, ayaw ng tao pork barrel. You go into it, aywan ko kung anong mangyari. Do not tempt the Gods, kasi ako may droga, corruption. Do not—I mean as far as I’d like to, gusto ko yung I operate within the law. Pero itong mga durugista, wala na. Itong corruption, maski saan: Lisensya? Hanggang wala pa. Plate? Wala pa. Bayad na yan ha, two years ago, three years ago. Anong klaseng—ang pobre magpunta ng clearance, magbigay pa, tapos yung ano pabalik-balik, wala diyan ang Chief of Office. Kaya ako, nag-kuwan dito sa Executive Department, hindi ko kasi kontrolado yang Congress pati Judiciary.
Dito sa akin, pag wala ka diyan sa opisina mo, I will—just dismissal. …(inaudible)… bahala ka, basta, punta ka ng korte kung gusto mo. Eh kung wala talagang diyan na—I’m warning everybody—I’d repeat the warning tomorrow na kung binayaran ka for eight hours: Do not shortchange the Filipino. So kung magtrabaho ka lang diyan, karamihan na after this lunch break, hindi na bumabalik: Manood ng sine, sa mall, so ang bayad namin good for eight hours then you only report for three to four hours—that’s swindling actually. You’re swindling the Filipino people of their money. You are paid with the certain amount of certain hours. Eh magtrabaho kayo and apparently, wala pa, pati itong contractualization.
Itong mga kompanya, sabi ni Secretary Bebot Bello kanina sa ANC, he would need employing more men to inspect and see the records. Kung ganon, walang mangyari dito. We do not have the warm bodies to go there and check and, you know, it would result in corruption again. Wala ako diyan eh, wala tayo. Then ____ Inspector, ilagay mo lang diyan, tapos bigyan. So, you cannot have an accurate what. I know how the system operates. Matagal na ako sa gobyerno, halos for the last 40 years. Kasi pagka yung prosecutor ko, siguro 10 years. Tapos bolahin mo akong ganon. Kaya ako bukas mag ano, sundin ninyo ang batas na wala na akong inspection, pasarhan ko kayo. Mamili kayo. Wala ng inspection-inspection, if there’s a violation, I do not need to—magsabi lang ang mga trabahante na hanggang ngayon five months sila alis. Magkaletsihan na tayo, I mean, I do not care. Sabi ko nga, in this presidency, pinupusta ko, I’m putting at stake, at stake my honor, my life and the presidency itself.
I will have to use your camps. Wala kasi, it’s only the military who has a vast reservation dito sa mga lupa-lupa. I’m just asking for about one hectare in your camp. Tutal, siramarhan ko naman ng barbed wire yan. I will build itong mga rehab kasi itong mga 3 million, babalik yan doon sa in the streets, magho-hold up na naman, magpatay ng tao because they need the fix for the day.
Nakita ko ngayon, medyo bumaba ang krimen kasi takot lahat.
I’d like to remind you again that this is a—di naman ako, ano man ako, ano nga ang Commander-in-Chief? Ako nga, pati ako nakatulala nga Commander-in-Chief, (laughter) mischievous ka. Ako, I will be with you, I will support you at you will have everything that you would need to destroy the enemy. (applause)
Yung si Kerry, nag-usap kami: Ah, Human rights. I have a job to do. Let us go to another topic, give me money. Eh di, oo. 32 iniwan sa akin. Yeah, I’ll give you, 32 million dollars. So, sabi ko kay Delfin Lorenzana, ano ang priority mo? Kasi maganda ang performance natin doon sa Sulu at impressed ako sa kuwan natin. So, buy more, bili ka pa ng marami Barrett.
So, I have said my piece. Bale blow-out ko na rin ito sa pagka-general ni Rolly ha? (applause) Kasi general na yan siya. And then to the others who are here. So, ikaw na lang ang kuwanon ko sa, but from time to time, I’d like to be with you.