Duterte claims rivals' attitude towards Mindanao prompted his bid for presidency

Duterte claims rivals' attitude towards Mindanao prompted his bid for presidency

- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, January 9, reveals the real reason that he ran for president in the May 2016 elections

- He also shared his thoughts about the unrest in Mindanao, citing the sloughs of massacre in the area that is making it hard for the people

- In statements he has given earlier, Duterte has repeatedly expressed that he wished he were “kinder” to the Filipino, but he has a job to do

As President Rodrigo Duterte confirms the newest batch of government appointees including Mocha Uson on Monday, January 9, he reveals the real reason that he ran for president in the May 2016 elections.

"The purpose is to serve the people," Duterte said.

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President Rodrigo Duterte during the confirmation of the newest batch of government appointees Photo credit: Inquirer

According to President Rodrigo Duterte, he ran for presidency because none of the presidential candidates were talking about Mindanao.

"Walang kandidato kasing nagsasalita about Mindanao," he added.

According to the President, Mindanao is a key territory of the Philippines and "if we do not solve the issues in Mindanao, it will be the land and our children's biggest problems."

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He also shared his thoughts about the unrest in Mindanao, citing the sloughs of massacre in the area that is making it hard for the people.

"They need to heal," Duterte said.

He claimed that nationalism in the country has been tainted by ideology, violence and illegal substances, and once again reiterated his promise to wipe out narcotics on the streets.

"Yung rising nationalism in some parts of the country, wala na iyan. It was overtaken by the ideology and violence," Duterte claimed.

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He said that the "ISIS ideology is here to stay," but promised that 'shabu,' which enslaves the people, will end.

"For as long as I am the president, itong malalaking shabu dealers, mamamatay talaga ito," he said.

In statements he has given earlier, Duterte has repeatedly expressed his desire to see the Philippines off to a better future, as well as his wish to be “kinder” to the Filipino people though he keeps on saying that he has to do his job even if it means putting his life or the presidency at stake.

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