President Rodrigo Duterte today attended the Launching of the Maguindanao Balik Baril Program in Buluan, Maguindanao.
PTV said in a report that hundreds of loose firearms were surrendered to the local operatives through the help of the local government units in Maguindanao.
The President was accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman, Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, and PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde.
“Alam ko, pati ako mahal natin ang baril. Eh nasa kultura eh. Kultura talaga ng Moro na may isa kang baril,” Duterte said.
“Okay man ako na makakuha kayo ng baril uli. Maraming paraan eh at maraming dahilan para gumamit ng baril,” he said. “But you know, it is a fundamental rule na kung may armas tayo, pang-depensa lang. It is not to wage war against your own country. Sapagkat isa lang ‘to. Wala naman tayong mapuntahan kung mag-ubusan tayo dito.”
Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180425-Speech-of-President-Rodrigo-Roa-Duterte-during-the-launching-of-the-Maguindanao-Balik-Baril-Program.pdf; https://www.facebook.com/PTVph/posts/2108526992541293