Soldiers, cops to get best weapons

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - (Ferliza Contratista)

CEBU CITY - President Duterte said the government would purchase more weapons and military tools to strengthen the country’s defense against terrorism.

He said the police and military will have the best quality firearms, adding the country may buy weapons from Israel and through negotiated purchase.

“If there’s a question of quality then that is an issue for me. Para sa akin issue ang quality lalo na sa (hand gesture of a firearm) buhay kasi ang pinag-uusapan dito eh,” Duterte said.

The President assured the country will purchase intelligence apparatus like drones at the right time.

Duterte said terrorism will be the leading problem of the country in the coming years. “But I am warning you that five to 10 years from now the biggest problem will be terrorism,“he said.

The president said he will have to prepare the country for that scenario saying he is not getting there without setting up the defenses.

“I’d be happy if we have about five battalions of SAF (Special Action Force) and produce another 10,000 more soldiers next year, okay na tayo, okay na ang Pilipinas,” Duterte said.

He said improvements of health services for the military is under way and these include purchase of new life-saving and other medical equipment, among others. Duterte said there will also be concrete alternative employment plans for those who were injured in the line of work.

Those who were crippled will be given computers and undergo training on voice, diction and grammar. These he said will enable them to land a job again in the call center industry. “I will reinvent you as a human being,”

Duterte has said that he will increase the salaries of soldiers as early as this month and by the end of the year, it would have been doubled already. “By December you will have doubled your salaries. This August tingnan nyo ang payslip, andyan nay an, wala kayong problema, lahat ibigay ko,” he said.

Duterte said he is going around the country visiting camps just to assure the personnel he feel strongly for them. “Wala naman akong kailangan sa inyo, I don’t need your personal loyalty, just love your country, obey the constitution,” he said.

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