Duterte sees dangerous time ahead, wants strong military against enemies of the state

Security & Defense

President Rodrigo Duterte said that he wants to leave presidency with a strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) equipped against the enemies of the state.

“I hope that by the time I make my exit, nandiyan na lahat ‘yan because I am not belittling the events to come or the person coming in to be the next president. Hindi ko alam kung sino. And I’d rather that I leave with a strong military and police and equipped to challenge the enemies of the state, especially terrorism,” President Duterte said during the Appreciation Dinner for Former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on July 9 at Manila Hotel.

He said he is seeing a dangerous time in the future. “I see a very dangerous times ahead. And I hope that we will be able to contain whatever there is to really to… But it… Lumalabas nga ‘yung pawis sa kamay ko just thinking about if it would go awry outside of Sulu and Basilan Islands,” he said.

“So that I said, I must be prepared. And nabili ko na ho ‘yung mga kailangan, but there are still a few things that I must have for my Armed Forces and the Police,” he added.