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President Duterte dangles arrest vs uncooperative local officials in Boracay

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 145th Founding Anniversary of Tarlac and the 2nd Kanlahi Festival at Bulwagang Kanlahi in Tarlac City on March 7, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Tarlac City — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, March 7, threatened to arrest local officials in Boracay who are uncooperative in the government’s efforts to save the island.

In his speech at the 145th founding anniversary of Tarlac and the 2nd Kanlungan ng Lahi (KanLAHI) festival, the President discussed the three basic issues where the government must intervene.

He cited health issue or the right of government to intervene to promote public health; public interest; and law and order.

“Public interest, because kung hayaan mo ‘yang ganun, time will come when it is so polluted, it can no longer be of use for the next generation. It is to our interest to preserve its pristine state just like before,” he said.

The Chief Executive took a jab at those who are unwilling to work with the government.

“Sa Boracay, suplado ‘yung mga tao, ayaw mag-cooperate,” he said.

Duterte also scored them for being “nonchalant” of the problem in the island.

“Kasi kung ayaw nila mag-cooperate and they begin to protest, eh kayo naman ang may kasalanan diyan, you were responsible for the damage all these years, pati ‘yung mga local officials who were all nonchalant of the problem there, aarestuhin ko kayong lahat,” he said.

“And if you put up a fight then I’ll charge you for sedition, preventing government to do what is good for the Filipino people. ‘Yan lang ang maiwan ko sa kanila,” he further said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive highlighted the importance of the crusade that he is doing for the country.

“I’m here to protect my country, I believe that if I stop this crusade, it would have compromised the country and the next generation. Then it would have been my failure in my time na wala akong ginawa,” he said. PND