MANILA, December 14, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called for unity amid major problems such as the Mindanao secession, illegal drugs, and the communist rebellion.
During the PDP-Laban’s Christmas benefit dinner for Marawi City held in Pasay City, the President identified these concerns as the most pressing problems that require urgent attention.
He warned that the Mindanao problem will explode one day if nothing is done. He said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) wants territory that may require amending the Constitution.
He said his administration is also talking peace with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), adding that given the present Mindanao situation and the Islamic extremism that rages in the Middle East, ISIS-linked groups who lost territories in the Middle East may go to Mindanao to foment trouble, threatening the country’s security and law and order.
“So the aim of the PDP is really to get a consensus if we can have a structure at least maski drawing to preserve… ito maski drawing lang o… then we have to restructure,” Duterte said.
He also called on his political opponents and the media organizations critical of his administration to join him in addressing these national concerns in order for the country not to end up being dismembered.
Duterte also renewed his commitment to fight corruption in government, the spread of illegal drugs, and criminality.
The PDP-Laban held the fundraising Christmas dinner at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City as part of its efforts to help rebuild war-torn Marawi City. The proceeds of Wednesday’s Christmas fundraiser will be donated for the reconstruction of the city.
The fundraising campaign was led by President Duterte, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who is also the party’s secretary general.
Over 1,000 guests, including members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, local chief executives, and other high-ranking government officials attended the event. (PND)