President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged police and military personnel alike to remain steadfast in their commitment to protect the Filipino people against threats of terrorism, especially in Mindanao.
“Let us remain steadfast in our commitment to protect our people, especially now that we are intensifying our fight against enemies of the state here in Mindanao,” Duterte told the police, military and other law enforcement agencies during the of the three-day ceremony of the National Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge in Davao City.
“Never lose sight of the fact that notwithstanding our resounding success in the liberation of Marawi, the decreased crime incidence nationwide and the growing public trust in our institutions, threats will persist and our people will depend on you, our law enforcers, to keep them safe and secure at all times,” he added.
During his speech, the President also commended the security forces for their bravery in fulfilling their task to defend the nation against any lurking threats.
“As we continue our work of maintaining peace and order across the nation, I direct the PNP, the AFP and other law enforcement agencies to work towards interoperability in your operations, professional training and capability development,” he said.
“A coordinated approach at law enforcement will certainly ensure the success of all your missions and minimize government and civilian casualties in all your operations,” he added.
Echoing his vow to the country’s vanguard, Duterte reiterated his all-out support to the military and the police given that they continue to perform their duties.
Likewise, the President also renewed his vow to equip every government forces with new and better weapons which Duterte said will arrive in the country sometime in July.
“By July, every soldier will have a handgun,” Duterte said.