Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) is his conference meeting with different media stations.
In the conference meeting President Duterte clarified some of his points during his second SONA.
The President spoke about the raging battle between the terrorist group of Maute ISIS-sympathizers and the government’s ongoing battle to eliminate all forms of terrorism in all of Mindanao.
The President promised the additional enforcement of 30,000 – 40,000 new soldiers to replace and strengthen current military force.
“I will leave the Philippines with a very strong military” the president asserted.
President Duterte also condoned in his speech the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) for eyeballing military soldiers over speculated cases of human rights violations.
“Human Rights Commission, you address your request to me, because they (military) are under me” says President Rodrigo Duterte; not allowing any of his soldiers to be subsided by threat of imprisonment over accused cases of maltreatment in Marawi evacuation sites.
The president then denounced the unequal treatment of the CHR over the military, explaining that the army is only doing its job and that the CHR should practice ‘justice for all’.
President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to protect all soldiers fighting to reclaim peace in Mindanao.
President Rodrigo Duterte reminded his military that this war which he wages against the insurgents will show no signs of mercy as they are destroying the lives of the innocent.
On talks about the peace, President Duterte stands firm in cutting all peace negotiations between the New People’s Army (NPA) and the government due to the NPA’s outrageous demands.
The president jokingly noted “Bully talaga ako, marami na kayong gusto” implying to the NPA.
President Duterte also reminded Jose Ma. Sison to not ‘abuse’ the charity of the Netherlands.
Rumors on the expansion of martial law is not something the Filipino people must worry about, unless there is a spread of a nationwide revolution.
Any enforcement of military restrictions or curfews are meant for the public’s safety; President Rodrigo Duterte reminds everyone that only areas affected by the conflict are subsided to such constraints.
There will not be any repetition of the 1972 martial law, President Rodrigo Duterte assures the people.
Ending his note on terrorism, the president clarified that the insurgency in Marawi City is not due to poverty or corruption, but an invasion driven by extremist beliefs from foreign countries.