‘I will leave my office with a strong military‘ - Pres. Duterte

‘I will leave my office with a strong military‘ - Pres. Duterte


The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ modernization undoubtedly got a big boost under the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration.


In his Talk to the People in Malacanang,Duterte said he is  “comfortable with the thought that I have done my best” to deliver his campaign promise to leave Malacañang with a strong military despite the government’s limited income.

"Just one reminder, from the start of my administration, I think it was in Jolo where I said that ‘I will leave my office with a strong military.’ That's what I promised and within our limited income, dito sa gobyerno (of our government), setting aside the small but equitable portion of it sa military, naibigay ko naman siguro (in the military, I think I had delivered), especially in the upgrade of armaments," Duterte said.

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Duterte made this comment in response to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s report on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program and the doubling of the salaries of all military personnel and pensioners.

Lorenzana said Duterte's strong support has inspired the AFP personnel to work better because they know they can adequately support their families with their salaries and do their mandated duty with the newly acquired military equipment.

"Napalaking tulong po ang ginagawa niyong pagdodoble ng salaries, ang sweldo ng mga active personnel (Doubling the salaries active personnel is a huge help to them)," Lorenzana told Duterte.

Lorenzana also said Duterte's support encouraged soldiers to work harder in fighting the enemies of the state, citing numerous successes of the military in combating terrorist groups in the country.

“Kaya po inspirado silang magtrabaho katulad nung tinatanong niyo kanina kung bakit napakalaki ng ating tagumpay laban sa mga komunistang rebelde at saka mga terrorist dahil po inspirado ‘yung mga sundalo, dahil po nagdoble ang suweldo nila. (That is why they are inspired to work like when you asked earlier why our victory against the communist rebels and terrorists is so great because the soldiers are inspired because their salaries have doubled),” he said.

Duterte said he will comfortably leave his office in June as he had already fulfilled his promise to the military.

“I am comfortable with the thought that I have done my best, lalo na ‘yung ipinangako ko sa military (especially the one I promised to the military),” he said. “It’s not just a campaign slogan. It was something that I concocted while I was in the years as a mayor and, you know, you have to have rapport with the police and the military for you to succeed.”

He said he is happy to see soldiers being promoted and getting what they deserve for protecting the nation and its people under his administration.

"’Yung buhay na ito wala naman kasiguruhan (This life has no assurance), let it be a policy that you care for people who die for you. ‘Yun talaga totoo dyan (That’s the truth). It leaves a -- not really a bad taste in the mouth to say it but, ‘yung bigyan mo ng (to give a) special treatment, aside ‘yung tao na (from the people that) at a given time, they are called upon to fight, and sadly, sometimes to die,” he said. “So, I made it promise to – I said that ‘I would double your salary’,” Duterte said.



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