President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, bared in his visit to Cagayan de Oro City, he is been enamored by the death of heroes in the country who died violently.
In his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected officials of the city, Pres. Duterte said he paid his respects to the monument of Justice Jose Abad Santos on the sidelines of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur before proceeding to Cagayan de Oro City for the oath-taking ceremony.
The one who was not recognized and a forgotten hero, the president supposed that Justice Jose Abad Santos is not even celebrated.
Justice Abad Santos briefly served as the acting president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during World War II, on behalf of President Manuel L. Quezon after he went in exile to the United States. After about two months, Justice Abad Santos was executed by the Japanese forces for refusing to cooperate during their occupation of the country.
He was brought to Malabang. There he was incarcerated and was made to swear allegiance to the Japanese flag. And he refused and thereafter he was killed by a firing squad. Just like Rizal.
Pres. Duterte was told that Abad Santos mortar remains were never found. He was shot there in Malabang.
No hope for the country
On the state of the country, Pres. Duterte said, “Unless there is law and order and if there is no corruption…But if corruption will not stop, there will be no hope for the Philippines.
Because, according to him, corruption has eaten --- it’s like a termite in the whole house. They are in every hole, to the highest table, to the biggest there is in an office. For every table, there is a racket. And that is perhaps the lamentations of Filipinos. But corruption has not been stopped and it’s not attributable to just one term. It developed all throughout.
As an illustration, Duterte cited cases involving the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), among others.
“You get a permit and then you are asked to go back again and again. That is their style. And that style still exists now. Actually, what you have to watch out for is the clearances or permits. It starts there with small employees.”
Pres. Duterte, meanwhile said he prohibited the Land Transportation Office (LTO), police, and those who inspect vegetables and the like from issuing tariffs. But still, you have to admit it that a government worker’s salary is not enough. It’s really not sufficient. However, he said, “It does not mean that just because it is meager you have to commit corruption.”
After doubling the salaries of military and police, the President vowed to prioritize next the teachers and is now working on it but he said, “Remember there are millions of teachers.”
The salaries of the military and police have been doubled as there are only a few of them compared to the teachers.
Besides, they have taken an oath of office, joined an organization inside the government. “If I tell them to go to Malabang in Lanao del Sur because there’s war, ‘jump straight to hell and die,’ they will do that. Go there and fight and fight until you die.
If you want a strong country, you need to have a strong army. Nothing will happen if you have weak armed forces. If it’s too weak, you cannot enforce the law.
Nowadays, even the police are stronger than municipal mayors. You know why? Because I --- all thanks to you --- but I won without the support of the people.
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