The tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte vows to build peace among different forces in the country within 3-6 months.
Duterte made this promise as he spoke to hundreds of residents of Barangay Durian in Las Nieves and Agusan Del Norte, after the NPA released abducted soldier Corporal Adriano Bingil on New Year’s Eve.
“I will go into inclusive talks with all – NPA, CPP, NDF, and I would talk to the MNLF, MILF,” he said. “You cannot promote peace in this country by remaining divisive in your dimensions about the struggles of life. Alam mo, pag sulo ka gihapon, nag aligotgot (you know, when you culture anger and hatred in you), how can you build a nation? Because peace must be inclusive, it must involve everybody, maskin kinsa ang presidente (whoever the president is).”
At the same time,Duterte also reiterated his pledge to stop corruption,illegal drugs,and criminality.
“Corruption has to stop. Criminality has to stop. [Illegal] drugs have to stop,” he said.
The tough-talking Mayor Rodrigo Duterte tagged as the country’s “Punisher”, Duterte is hugely popular with the public due to his tough stance of crime.
However, Human rights advocates have criticized him for his heavy-handed measures against criminals and open association with rebel groups respectively.