Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte promised to help the farmers in Kidapawan City.
“I was willing to go there, not for anything else, but to ask if I can help on the humanitarian side of the problem—that is to give the farmers food assistance,” Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Duterte as saying.
He added that he would extend food assistance to the farmers “to help them tide over the crisis.” He cited that he does not have the authority to intervene in the affairs of another local government.
“We will assist them just to help them tide over the crisis,” he added.
“I don’t want to tinker with the ongoing dispute there. I am only the mayor of Davao City. I will not go there to ask for anything because that is not my territory,” he said.
He noted that helping the farmers would require the passage of a City Council resolution to give food assistance to an area affected by calamity.
“Davao city did this before when it extended assistance to areas affected by typhoon Yolanda and other calamities.” he said.
He also urged the leaders of the farmers and North Cotabato Gov. Mendoza to talk, adding that it is the best way to solve the problem.
“We need to keep calm, The leaders of the farmers and Governor Mendoza should talk about this,” he said
source: Philippine Daily Inquirer