Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he would add 3,000 special forces troops to the AFP for deployment in Mindanao,If elected as President.
“I will add 3,000 more regular men in the armed forces, and train them either as scout rangers or special forces to combat lawless elements. Matapang ang mga kriminal. Kaya kailangan matapang din ang solusyon. Hindi pwede dito ang pateka-teka. This problem is not for the faint-hearted,” Duterte said
“If they will continue with their atrocious acts despite our efforts to spread economic development, decentralize and democratize governance, then we will meet them head on. We will hunt them down. I will not subject my people to worse suffering,” he added.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said inclusive economic growth is also necessary to achieve peace in Mindanao.
He added that he and Duterte are pushing for a Mindanao Peace and Development Plan to address problems on economic instability and armed rebellion.
“Through this plan, Mayor Duterte and I want to allocate at least P800 billion worth of guaranteed funds for 10 years in order to harness the potentials of various sectors in the region, including education, health, agriculture, livelihood, housing, tourism, infrastructure and transportation. On top of this, we plan to allot P1 billion per region, particularly to Mindanao for micro, small and medium enterprise financing,” Cayetano said.
“We will be inclusive and talk to all relevant stakeholders to achieve real and lasting peace. That’s why we see federalism as a unifying framework for peace and governance,” he said.
“Ang pederalismo ang sasagot hindi lamang sa kawalan ng pagkapantay-pantay sa ating bayan. Ito rin ay pundamental na konektado sa ating layunin na ipamahagi ang kaunlaran sa iba pang rehiyon at probinsiya at makamit ang hinahangad na kapayapaan sa Mindanao,” He added.
Duterte-Cayetano tandem is also advocating for the establishment of the Mindanao Railway System to connect all food-producing provinces in the region to seaports.
“The Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) would link major cities including Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga City, Butuan, Surigao, Davao and General Santos. It will play a major role towards improvement of Mindanao’s intra island accessibility, linkages and seamless multimodal transport networks,” Cayetano said.
source: Phil Star