President Rodrigo Duterte revealed he was keen to minimize the budget of some authorities companies to free up billions of pesos wanted to hire more troopers and police and buy more planes and firearms to battle rising crime and terrorism.
“Kulang tayo ngayon and I’ve been quarrelling with everybody in the Cabinet na kunan ko ‘yung ano nila muna, in the meantime, kaltasan ko because I have to have the money,” stated Duterte in a speech throughout an oath-taking ceremony of star-ranked police in Malacanang Wednesday.
“Given the equal war now, medyo kulang tayo sa armas. The weapons that really matter most in a rebellion or a criminal syndicate as serious as in Mindanao. We need them but we still have to have them. Pero hindi kailangan ‘yung mga tangke-tangke because — well breaching purposes but we have enough of that. It’s just a rebellion. It’s fundamentally a tao por tao ‘yan,” he stated.
Duterte stated he needed to recruit 20,000 military troops and 7 battalions (approcimately 5,600) of the Special Action Force (SAF) to battle the Islamic State-allied terrorist teams and rebels within the nation. He deliberate to double the Air Force fleet from 12 to 24 to make it a “credible force.” “I need the fast boats and the powerful precision-guided missiles. That’s what I’ve been trying to get,” stated Duterte.
He anticipated the nation’s allies to chip in to his navy ambitions. “I don’t know if Russia’s help is coming. Sinabi nila ibibigay naman nila. Nagpapasalamat rin tayo. And sa mga Chinese. And, of course, sa America. Given ‘yan eh, all these years ang tulong natin,” he stated.
Duterte defined why the nation wanted to beef up its protection and safety quickly.
“Alam mo sabi nga nila noon marami tayong sundalo. Totoo ‘yan. In times of peace, wala tayong problema. Kung walang gulo, no deployment or nothing and there’s a big space for everybody to move. Noon ‘yun,” stated Duterte.
“But with the coming of the ISIS, drugs coming in from anywhere and everywhere, pati itong terrorism, criminality, hirap tayo ngayon. It is not really a matter of numbers but the number of events that we have to counter to save the Republic,” he added.