MALACAÑAN — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday, December 20, led the thanksgiving and Christmas party for prison, police, and coast guard personnel, promising continuous support from his administration.
In his speech during the event, President Duterte said that he wants to leave a legacy that will boost the financial capability of the country’s uniformed personnel through the lease of government-owned lands.
The President said he envisions a self-sustaining pension system for the police and military as well as its allied agencies with capital coming from rentals of military reservations.
President Duterte also wants to establish a bank that will cater to the needs of soldiers and policemen. He said he expects Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to submit a blueprint for such a plan next year.
In greeting the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine National Police (PNP) , and Philippone Coast Guard (PCG) personnel and officials, he said, “Let Christmas inspire you to perform your duties with selflessness and compassion for the greater good of our nation. I trust that the spirit of this season will guide you with the hope for a better society.”
“I wish you and your loved ones all the warmth, happiness and peace. Merry Christmas to you all,” he continued.
President Duterte attends Christmas party for AFP Sergeant Majors, WIA soldiers and WESMINCOM
Prior to attending the BJMP, PNP, and PCG’s Christmas party, the President attended the Christmas celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Sergeant Majors, Wounded-in-Action (WIA) Soldiers, and children from the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace.
President Duterte personally talked and greeted each WIA soldiers during the shindig.
He thanked the soldiers for their bravery and for being a role model to our fellow countrymen.
The Chief Executive also noted that he is very proud of the service and sacrifice each uniformed personnel offered to our country, especially in advancing the administration’s advocacy in eradicating illegal drugs, countering insurgency, and extremism. For that, the President said he would continue to support his soldiers.
“Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Mabuhay ang sundalo kong Pilipino at ang pulis ko. Kaya natin ‘yan. Basta ako dito, kaya natin ubusin ‘yan,” he emphasized .###PND