Interview

Media interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Following his 2nd State of the Nation Address

Location House of Representatives, Quezon City

PRESIDENT DUTERTE:  I’d like to announce first that itong left, sila na ‘yung paliko-liko ‘yung policies, sila pa ‘yung may kaluluwa magsabi sa akin na ako raw bully.

Sabagay totoo naman. I said I am a bully to the enemies of the state. So if you don’t want me, to talk to me, I do not want to talk to you and I do not want you. So ayaw ninyong makipag-usap, mas lalo na ako.

You want to call off the talks, it will be — it will come. At let the war, which you started 50 years ago, continue for another 50 years. That is my suggestion.

So government, as a counter-measure, would start to call for a mobilization. I want the Army added by about 20,000 fighting men.

I have lost a considerable number of my soldiers in Marawi. Then I will add about another 10 to 15,000 soldiers. But I want them SAF.

I’m quite comfortable with the number now assigned in the precincts and in the environs of provinces and cities.

I would need about 35 to 40,000 to meet the future threats coming our way from within and outside the country and I will start also to re-arm.

Now, ‘yung mga sa… ninakaw lang naman nila, you build the house for everybody, pre-determined owners at binababoy naman, ninanakaw, ‘yung pera para sa left or whatever is left of it, sabihin ko sa Congress, ilipat dito sa military.

You know, listen to me. We must have a strong Republic to withstand all threats and challenges. Today’s reality demands, necessitates an Armed Forces that is strong.

Ang gawin ko sa pera muna is I will build a credible Armed Forces that can fight at all fronts everywhere.

I really do not know how many will sprout up but we have the ISIS and the NPA. At hindi ko gusto ‘yung nangyayari na ang mga pulis, in the guise of being called upon to render assistance, it’s all rules and excuse just to kill them.

Kawawa ‘yung mga tao na ‘yan because they went to their deaths with a sense of purpose and that was to respond to an emergency because they were told that — ganon ang  NPA eh, magpatay ka ng tikas — ‘yung ano ‘yung parang, this is a game of swindling.

Ang mga sundalo ko naman kawawa, responded, they were massacred. Pati ang convoy ko, because I was trying to find a brigade where I could take off, pati ‘yung convoy ko inambush nila. Wala naman silang makuha kasi puro armored ‘yun eh and they had the gall to lie, minachine (machine) gun nila ‘yun ng M-16, hindi nila matalab-talaban.

So if they want war, you just wait until after Marawi. We can better deal with you. But I will stop the practice of — there has to be something.

The police must have something there na ‘yung, tawagan lang sila tapos they make the required assistance or response tapos pinapatay lang ng — ‘Di ganon. So I have to increase the number of SAF at they can devise a way. Maybe I’ll make use of what was offered by a country.

It’s a high-altitude plane, it can see the ground. So before sila mag-alis ng istasyon or anywhere, everywhere, they should study first the image from above. Hindi nila kaya na anuhin ‘yan. It lies way, way above the sky. It cannot be reached by bullets.

Merong inoffer ‘yan sa akin dalawa. Tatanggapin ko na ‘yan at sabihin ko sa mga — pati drones, I will buy drones, ‘yung high altitude. Na kung mag patrol ang Army or the police, they will have to spend time almost half the day studying the… what is below, by drones.

Bibili ako ng marami, ‘yung hindi na nila mabaril. ‘Yung sa mga Marawi, ang ginamit amateur lang man ‘yun. ‘Yun ang gawin ko. I will prepare my Armed Forces on war footing. Kasi may giyera eh.

So kayo mga diyan maghingi-hingi ng mga ano, lalo na ‘yang mga projects sa left, sorry kayo. Pumunta ako doon, binulyawan ko sila, binulyawan nila ako.

Sabi ko, p***** i** ninyo, pati ako gusto ninyong kausapin tapos patayin. Mga loko-loko pala kayo eh. Gusto niyo ako patayin, sige. Sinong may granada diyan? Paputukin mo na. Takot rin pala kay madamay man sila.

So no more talks. So from now on, do not question me about the Reds and — Marawi, we will finish it. I said hindi ako nagbibiro eh. Until the last terrorist is taken out, the war will continue.

Na meron silang hinahawakan doon na 300 hostages. That is what is delaying. Sabi ko huwag mo munang i-assault. And if possible, we just wait it out. I am not — I do not care if they are — basta hostages whether they are really Moro or Kristiyano.

I do not want these innocents to be slaughtered. So hintay lang tayo. Patience. Because we do not want the innocents slaughtered. That is the price of a government, an entity called government.

You have to have even this hoarse sense, huwag na ‘yang common sense. But you can expect after two years a very strong Armed Forces. I will buy all the equipment.

Lahat ng pera diyan sa mga social amelioration na ‘yan, gamitin ko ‘yan dito sa… tutal ‘yung mga bridge sisirain man nila, ‘yung mga eskwelahan susunugin nila. ‘Yung mga eskwelahan lang ng mga Lumad, ‘yung kanila, they’re operating without the Department of Education’s permit.

Kasi eskwelahan nila but they are teaching subversion, communism, lahat na.

So umalis kayo diyan. Sabihin ko diyan sa mga Lumad ngayon, umalis kayo diyan. Bobombahan ko ‘yan. Isali ko ‘yang mga istruktura ninyo.

I will use the Armed Forces, the Philippine Air Force. Talagang bobombahan ko ‘yung mga… lahat ng ano ninyo. Because you are operating illegally and you are teaching the children to rebel against government. May kalokohan kayo, ‘di mas lalo na ako.

Pahirapan ito and I will ask the police –– lalo na ang pulis.  Back to the drawing board ‘yan lahat sila pati na ang Army. But at least we got the experience on how to fight on a terrorist urban warfare.

We need to… I’ll be frank. There’s a need for the Armed Forces and the police to reconfigure.

Ilang beses na ‘yan. The last time was in Davao, namatay ‘yung babae. ‘Yung isang babae doon, ‘yung sa forensics. Because may — sabi nila may namatay. Eh ‘di kawawa naman ‘yung station commander tinawag ‘yung forensics na babae na pulis, “Sige sumama ka.” Ayun. So walang patawaran diyan.

So kung ganon, wala ring patawaran tayo.

So I am ordering the military and the police, walang patawaran kasi hindi naman tayo pinapatawad. And they are making excuses [inaudible] na para tawagin na — trabaho kasi ng pulis pag hindi mapaalis sa trabaho ‘yan, dereliction of duty, abandonment of duty. Kaya magpakamatay ang mga pobre na ‘yan.

So this time, you do it to me, do it to my police and my Army, they will do it to you. Kanya-kanya na tayo ng diskarte.

And when the time comes, ‘yung CHR, ‘yung opisina dito, you are better abolished.

I will not allow my men to go there to be investigated. Remember this. Human Rights Commission, you address your request through me because the Armed Forces is under me and the police is under me.

Kaya pag kinwestion (question) ninyo sila for investigation, dadaan muna sa akin.

And for the Ombudsman to refrain from citing them in contempt or what. Because I have the authority to give the final say whether they will attend or not.

Takot-takutin nila ‘yang ano… So huwag ninyo akong pilitin na pati kayo, babanggain ko.

‘Pag ka nagkabanggaan tayo dito tapos ganito na ang nangyari sa Pilipinas, may problema tayo sa totoo lang.

Do not… ‘Yung paborito ninyong swan song that you will be investigated by this, by that.

Padaanin niyo sa akin lahat. Lahat. Maski sino. Pulis o imbestigahin niyo, padaanin niyo dito. You address it to the DILG, to me. Attention DILG. ‘Pag sinabi kong huwag kayo magpa-imbestiga, huwag kayong magpapaimbestiga.

Imbestigahinn na muna ng Human Rights ‘yung ambush nung sa Presidential Security Group pati ‘yung pulis. ‘Pag wala kayong report niyan, huwag mo kaming [anong tawag diyan?] Huwag mo kaming guguluhin diyan sa… Itapon ko uli ‘yan sa mukha ninyo. Better do an equal job here.

It does not say that your investigations will be solely focused on government men.

Although the Ombudsman is to check on government. But if you fail to address also the atrocities of the other side, so that you can get the truth and the whole story, then do not investigate my army and police.

Tapos ang one-sided— Nakita ng police… makita niya isa sa mga nag-ambush sa kanila. Hindi naman namatay lahat ‘yun. Barilin niya.

Kung ako sa inyo, mapunta sa inyo, pakulong mo ‘yung pulis? T*** i**. [Suluha?]

Do not make it a one-sided affair. I will not allow it. As President, I will not allow it. Patas tayo. Justice for all. What is sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose.
If you have not as yet investigated the deaths of my police and military men, then do not f*** with us.

Mahirap ‘yung ganun. Wala ng police pati military mag-report doon sa anong klaseng imbestiga— Ma-Ombudsman…

Dumaan muna kayo sa akin. You wait until you get the clearance. If you don’t get the clearance, do not stay in the barracks. ‘Pag hulihin kayo, papiliin mo lang. Bazooka o M-16 diyan.

Ano pa ba? ‘Yung ano, ‘yung sa gobyerno. Itong repayment ng— Ano sa mga mahirap lang ‘yan diyan sa ano eh…

Alam mo mga tailoring diyan, ang ano lang niya maka-tiyamba sila sa mga teachers, estudyante, Boy Scout, mga fiesta-fiesta, mga Pandanggo ganun. ‘Yan lang ang habol nila.

Itong mga taga-gobyernong p***** i*** ‘to, paabutin ang siyam-siyam. Eh gamitin nila ‘yung pera for the next event may mabili silang materials na naman para mag…

Kung ganunin niyo, pabalik-balikin ninyo, mga l**** kayo. T*** i**. Itong Pilipino, ang tigas ng ulo. You name the teacher or you name the what…

Sa Malacañang, pinatawag ko na. I don’t know what I will do with her. Baka ma…

Lagay mo pangalan, Rodrigo Duterte for abusing, asking me back and forth five times with no payment. ‘Yan ang demanda ninyo kaagad sa Ombudsman.

Fifteen days lahat ng payables sa mga civilians para walang corruption. Gamitin ninyo ‘yang computer ‘pag hindi itapon ninyo ‘yan. Kayo ang palitan ko.

Fifteen days is 15 days. Maski anong bagay basta collectible sa gobyerno, 15 days.

Kayong mga tao, you are not paid within 15 days publicly, tira mo kaagad sa 8888. Bureau of Customs, the BIR, o whatever, DILG. ‘Pag sa Postal hinigian ako ng ganito, meron man ‘yang silang— Or the person manning the… who released it…

Marami akong imbestigador, pupuntahan ko lang ‘yan diyan. Puro abuso, puro corruption. Sinabi ko na, maghinto na kayo.  

[Wala bang ano dito? Hindi, teka muna] 

I hope the Supreme Court will not be offended because this is all true. Mag-TRO ka ng Reproductive Health. Batas na ‘yan eh.

So when the batas is out, government prepares. ‘Yung… Hindi ito atin. Last administration ‘to. But still it is right. They buy the medicines in preparation for the implementation.

Ngayon, may mag-TRO. ‘Pag TRO mo, nag-expire na lang ang medicine kasi ang TRO mo two years ‘yun. How… What do you call that?

It does fall into the 3019 Republic by your negligence… You caused by your negligence or your delay causes damage to [government?].

And there was law. Graft and corruption law. Republic Act 3019.

So sino ngayon ang graft and corruption sa Pilipinas? Tayong lahat. O, sino ‘yung maghusga ngayon sa akin na, “Ikaw Duterte mag-graft—“

Eh bakit ikaw hindi? ‘Yan ang mahirap dito sa…

Ngayon [inaudible] if you do not behave… Kaya pinuntahan ko sila. Sigaw-sigaw kayo. Sige, you shout until the heavens fall apart.

[Wala?] akong pakialam sa inyo. Makikipag-usap ka, maraming hinihingi, maraming… Maya-maya, nagtampo kung anong pinag-bully daw ako. P****** i** mo, Sison ka. Bully talaga ako. L**** ka. Umuwi ka na. Marami ng gastos sa iyo ‘yung Norway.

Sige bayad ng ospital mo, libre ka. You are there at the [courtesy?]. Do not abuse their charity. [Wala?] ka naman pera, tumanda ka sa labas tapos you’re waging a revolution, ang namamatay ‘yung mga Lumad dito.

Pati ‘yung mga bata diyan na— Akala naman nitong mga… Sila ‘yung they can change the country by shouting there until kingdom come.
Sinabi ko na sila, galing na ako diyan. Maniwala kayo, walang mangyari. It ain’t that way in this universe, in this world.

Pagsayangan lang ninyo pagod ninyo diyan sa— Do it the way it is now because ito ang gusto ng tao. Sigaw-sigaw kayo diyan.

You know, I was elected by 15 million people. I got a majority of six million. ‘Yun ang pakinggan ko. Bakit kayo diyan? Kayo lang?

Ayaw ko kasi… bastos pag ako mag-ano eh, you know my mouth and everything. I’m being… I am irreverent. Maski diyan sa simbahan. Buti tumahimik na itong.

Pero hindi kasali si Father [Balatbat?] diyan. [Father nandiyan ka ba?] Kaibigan ko ‘yan. ‘Yan talaga ang ano… Alex? Si Alex… Ayan ang pwede nating gawin Santo Alex. Pari ‘yan pero kaibigan ko. Ako ‘yung kaibigan niya. Santo rin. Santo Rodrigo.

Any question?

Q: Mr. President, maayong gabi. Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News. Just before I go to my question Mr. President. Just a clarification on your statement. Do we take it that you are categorically putting an end to negotiations with the left?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes, you are right. 

Q: Alright sir. Sir, I just want to ask about your decision in asking for an extension of martial law for five months because— 

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Hindi ako naghingi. 

Q: Yes, sir. 

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: I recommended to the Congress because that is what the military and the police were asking. They are the ones who are fighting there.

I go there once in a while— once. I was able to penetrate Ranao, stay there. The bullets were flying.

Hindi naman ako nagpapatapang-tapangan kasi covered kami sa semento sa stage. Pero ‘yung bala doon… Umaabot dooon sa landing ng chopper.

So alam ko na ano, in my… in the short time that I was there, I counted about 16 explosions. 

Q: Sir, did your visit play a role in changing or say making up your mind about asking for extension of five months? Because on July 11 sir, when you visited the Philippine Stock Exchange, you made a statement that you only need 15 days to resolve the crisis in Marawi but you asked for— 

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes, correct. That’s even too long. I said in about a few days, three. Hindi namin alam. And there was this failure of intelligence actually.

Hindi namin alam gaano kalalim na pala. There were tunnels there and they were stocking explosives until now.

It seems to be without— It’s not exhausted. Hanggang ngayon, sila nagtataka kung saan kinukuha. So in other words, the build up was there for many months. Hindi ko sinasabi na I’m blaming the Maranao.

I’m blaming the Maranaos who are in cahoots with the terrorists because obviously the stockpile was there for so long a time. Hindi maubusan eh.

Hindi maubusan ng bala pati explosives. Now, it turns out that they have plenty still.

So nagkamali kami doon, ang ibig sabihin. If that is what you want, there was a mistake in the evaluation or assessment.

Pero, kung nakatira kami sa Makati— Marawi, ‘di nalaman namin ‘yun. The tunnels are just like what the Viet Congs built in Saigon.

Lusot-lusot ‘nong South Vietnam. Saigon is a city. But ‘yung tunnels nila sa bukid, those were discovered only after the Americans left Vietnam.

And despite, or in spite of their technology, ‘di nila nalaman ‘yun. Tayo rin. And we will only know the… how extensive it is, gano kalawak ‘yan when we finally prevail over Marawi.
At this time, we are in a hurry and I do not recommend assaulting the place where the civilians are being hostage because it will be a more odious thing to hear for the Philippines. 

Q: Thank you.

Q: Sir, in relation lang to his question also. Sir, while Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of martial law extension, there was also a proposal during the joint session for a mechanism to observe or to monitor possible human rights abuses sir. There was a proposal for CHR to be more active and also for a congressional mechanism to observe. What can you say about this sir? 

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Let me… This is not a lecture. But let me… something about martial law. The army, the military, the Armed Forces, and the Police are there in good faith.

They are there to arrest, they are there to kill, they are to stop the rebellion, okay?

Now, in pursuit or in the prosecution of those duties or mandate, they have to control civilians, they have to force them out of the house, they have to bar them from entering places.

Those are the… Sabi nila, the human rights abuses. Well, I’ll refer you to a… the opinion of Justice Mendoza. Sa martial law, walang human rights abuses except ‘yang rape, ‘yung mga ganon.

Pero those connected in the operation are on, are— the negotiations made.

There can never be a violation of martial law. Because even the killing itself is already a violation of human rights.

But ‘yung mga rebellion, ‘yung you are being sequestered, you are not allowed to enter — those are not violations of human rights. Lelecturan (lecture) ko kayong mga CHR. Mahina kayo.

Those are not violations of human rights. When they are forced by the military to stay on the side, it is because it is for their own good. If the military will decide not to allow you to enter your house there because you will be hit —

Ngayon kung kayo, samahan ninyo ang mga civilian at sabihin ko ang military, “Umatras kayo.” And I will place you in a position to do what you want and order what you want.

Kung sabihin ninyo na, “Papasukin na sila,” eh kayo ang magbigay ng order, Human Rights, sabihin ko sa mga pulis pati military, “Tumigil kayo. Doon muna kayo sa barracks. Magkape-kape lang tayo.”

Pero ‘pag may namatay diyan, huwag mo akong balikan kasi sakalin kita diyan sa — ikaw ang may gusto? Oh sige. Sino ‘yan… sino ‘yang g*** na ‘yan sa CHR? Sino ‘yan? Chito Gascon. Sige. Ikaw magpunta doon. Ikaw ang mag-direct sa traffic, saan sila magpasok.

Ikaw ang magpabalik sa kanila, hindi kami makialam. Kami, sinasabi namin, sinabi ng Army, huwag kayong pumunta, baka madisgrasya kayo. Kung maniwala ka doon sa human rights, Gascon, sige, pumunta ka o withdraw ‘yung military.

Ikaw ang mag-lead doon pagpasok sa kanila. ‘Pag may namatay diyan, ikaw ang talian ko sa poste doon. Practisan (practice) ka ng mga sundalo how to improve their accuracy.

Sige, [malaki?] ang Pilipinas, mas marami ang marunong eh. Even if it is not realistic. In a state of martial law, ‘di ka makapunta ng relief because there are no courts open where you can run to and ask for a relief.

And that is why the reason sa martial law na walang… Pero ‘yung sabi, mang-rape, mang-looting, hindi trabaho ng… Wala akong ganung sundalo, at hindi mo ako maintrigahan. Pati nga baril na sunog na, kinekwenta pa ng mga pobre ‘yan gaano ka tedious.

‘Yang lahat ng baril nakuha nila, i-documentation pa. Magnakaw pa kaya? ‘Yung 52 billion, ‘yung kinuha doon, ewan ko kung kanino na ‘yung… nasaan na ‘yun.

Sa military, ‘pag nagnakaw ka, you’re ostracized. They will not do it because they do not want to be facing, shaming me.

Tsaka ‘pag training pa nila ‘yan, sinasabi na sa kanila, hindi pwede talaga ‘yang magnakaw-nakaw. Looting, iba siguro. But even the police.

And even sa police, ayokong magyabang, pero sa  police daw, binubugbog ko talaga sila. Bugbog na todo ‘yan. Basta ganon, bugbog.

Kasi humawak ako ng pulis, eh mayor. Hindi ako nagyayabang. Bugbog talaga sarado ‘yan. Sipa, sampal ‘yang abutin nila sa akin. Pero ‘pag nagkasala sa trabaho, kinakapotehan ko ‘yan. Tama ‘yan.

Ang sabi ng Human Rights, “Pinnoprotektahan po ni Duterte ‘yan.” Correct. Gaya ng sabi ng NDF, binu-bully ko sila. Correct. They are all correct. Pero hindi ako mag-kapote na mag-rape ka, magnakaw ka.

Kung sa trabaho, kapotehan kita. Correct. There is nothing wrong. Trabaho ‘yan. In the performance of duty. Kung hindi ako marunong mag-protect sa aking mga tao, hindi ako mag Commander-in-Chief. Better for me to resign and give it to somebody else.

Baka kaya ni Robredo. Tanungin mo raw siya. Mag-usap kami. Kung kaya niya, ‘di sige.

Q: Sir, just one detail about your opening statement, sir. You mentioned about additional soldiers — 35,000 to 40,000, sir. Anong timeline po ‘yung tinitignan niyo?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Matagal ‘yan. Mag-training ‘yan. But I said I will leave the Philippines with a very strong military. ‘Yang… hindi basta-basta na ma-ano na… wala kaming weapon. They will have everything — technology, drone. Para ‘pag may magtawag sa pulis, before they leave, 30 minutes before, patakbuhin na nila ‘yung drone sa ruta.

Or I will… ‘yung ibibigay ng isang country sa atin, dalawang eroplano mag… magtingin. Para magsabi sila na we are proceeding to this, tingnan doon sa mapa, tapos I —

It is really very clear, I saw it. You can identify a golf ball from an egg. Diperensya ng itlog ng manok pati golf ball, ilagay mo diyan. Tignan doon sa itaas. Kaya niyang sabihin, “Mayor, hindi man ‘yan itlog ng manok. Hindi man ‘yan ano… golf? Hindi rin. B**** ng tao ‘yan, nahulog.” [laughter] 

Pagod ako sa trabahong ito tapos you mess up with me. Hambogero. Sabi ko sa kanila, “Sinong may granada? Eh paputukin mo na.” Ambush-ambush, ganon. Sige, ano na. Wala man.

Sabi nga, ang ano diyan is tinatakot mo ‘yung tao na patay ka. Kaya, patay, patay, patay, patay.

‘Yung tao naman, natatakot. O dito ka sa media, walang takot diyan. Maski saan ako pumunta, sumusulong ‘yan. Ayaw ko lang kayong samahan sa Jolo. ‘Di talaga ako papayag.

Magtanong kayo bakit. [Media asks: Bakit?] Sayang. [laughter] Sayang talaga. Sayang. Kasi ito, konting ligaw na lang eh. Kasi kilala mo na, araw-araw kasama mo. Konting ligaw na lang ng ano… ligaw na…

Who else?

Q: Maayong gabi, sir.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Maayong gabi.  

Q: Clarification lang po.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: You can take it off from the ano… you’re stooping.

Q: You mentioned sir kanina in your speech na sooner or later…

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Pasensya ka na ha. Kasi ‘yung average height ng media, nakikita ko, five feet. [laughter]  

Q: Thank you po.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Biro lang naman ‘yan. Maniwala ka pala.

Q: You mentioned po in your speech kanina na sooner or later, the country would have to tackle the issue of the West Philippine issue and federalism.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes. 

Q: Could you tell us, could you elaborate on the issue, sir, on what you meant?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: When they start to excavate the gas and all. I tell you, it’s going to be just like a joint venture. Para pareho.
We are not… I’m not prepared to go to war. I have to be frank. The truth is, I will not. It will end up a slaughter to my forces. Kulang tayo. They have the state-of-the-art and everything.

And they have the missiles now, nakatutok na sa atin. It will reach Metro Manila in seven minutes. Now bakit? Whose fault it is. Tingnan mo nga. It was there three years ago. ‘Yung overflights ng intelligence from all countries, nagpa-publish. Nakita doon.

I remember seeing it in Inquirer, Bulletin, dito sa Daily Star. And yet, nothing was done. Because we were not prepared to go to war or trouble or violence, we just secretly communicated ‘yung ating arbitration award.

Nung ayaw ng marinig, so we started to talk friendly. Hindi man ito makuha — Ito, I will tell you now. Itong mga u*** na mga… ito, ito, may isang Justice na kept on hammering on me. Ranting about my non— non ano.

When I saw Xi Jinping, nandiyan ‘yan sila in a Cabinet… ay hindi pala. Limitado kami nun. When… in the last visit, ‘yung sa Road Belt… wala na kayo noon. May kasama akong mga Cabinet members. I think it was General Esperon, si Lorenzana.

Basta may iba pa. Si Bong. Sinabi ko… diniretso ko. Sila. Nandun. ‘Yung… Sabi ko na, “We are the owners of South China [Sea]. I will dig my oil there. Whether you want it or not.”
Wala na ‘yung padaloy-daloy, ina-award, ganon. Sabi ko, “That’s ours. I will build… Put a rig there to extract oil.” Not in so many words, si Xi Jinping, nag-ganun tapos in the end, sabi ko, “It will be war.”

The long and short of what he was saying, he was… pina-parlay niya ‘yung mga words. And then they would say na giyera ito. Pero kung ang sabi mo, hindi ako nag-assert… t*** i**** ‘yan.

Ako mismo diretso na. “Amin ‘yan.” [Nandun ka ba, Alan?] Nandun. Si Alan was there. [Sino pa ba?] ‘Yan, si Gen. Esperon.

Ako diniretso ko na. Sabi ko, “Akin ‘yan. That’s ours, according to my government, and I will dig oil there.” Wala nang pasukut-sukot, ‘yang sabi nila na… Kung magsalita ito, kasi wala sila. Ito, si Carpio, pati… ‘Di nila alam. Gusto ko ulitin, sumama siya sa’kin.
Sabihin ko sa kanya, itong Justice namin, gusto agawin. O sige, makinig ka. “This is Carpio.” Sige, sabihin niya. Back-up-an ko siya. Pero ‘pag binugbog tayong dalawa diyan… Bantay ka pag-uwi kasi…

Akala siguro ninyo na naglalaro ako, playing safe. Inuna — naunahan ko kayo, ako pa. Diniretso ko na, amin ‘yan, kunin ko ‘yan.

Tapos he answered, marunong talaga, in the end para away tayo. Giyera ‘to. Eh ‘pagka ganon huwag na muna kay wala tayo kabuga.

Q: Sir, follow-up question lang po, kalian po magsastart ‘yung joint development?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE:  Again?

Q: Kailan po magsisimula? Mag-start? When will this start?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ang?

Q: Joint development project. The drilling, the joint exploration.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Wala pa sila pero we are into it already. We are there already, may partner na. ‘Di ko lang masabi kung sino. Nandoon na ang atin pati kanila. They are talking and they are exploring. 

Q: Thank you sir.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Eh gusto mong solohin, hindi mo naman kaya ‘di…

Q: Good evening, sir. Sir, hingi lang po ako ng reaction ninyo. Meron pong lumabas na bagong study from the University of Oxford na 10 million pesos daw po ang ginastos para mag-hire ng mga online trolls sa social media para sa inyo at aatakihin po nila ‘yung mga opposers ninyo doon. Can you confirm or deny this, sir? Or reaction niyo lang po.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ten million?

Q: Ten million pesos, sir.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ang gastos?

Q: Yes po.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ko?

Q: Yes, sir.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ako?

Q: Yes po, sir. It mentioned — it included your party sir. ‘Yung study po.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Sino po? Sa election siguro. Sa elections ma’am more than. More… ‘Yung allowed more than… And they were all during the campaign. Pero ngayon, hindi ko naman kailangan.

I do not — You know, I do not need to defend myself from attacks.

I’ve stated my peace during my inauguration and during the campaign.

I am not anymore eligible for reelection. I really don’t care if my ratings go up or down. That is not a significance to me.

I cannot run anymore. I will just do what is best for my country. And I do not hunger for ratings. I do not even look at it. And I do not comment on it.

‘Pag sinabi nilang 20— And kung ‘yang Oxford… Oxford University? Eskuwelahan sa mga bobo ‘yan ma’am. Eh, totoo.

So itong… itong Pulse Asia, itong Social Weather, ‘yan man dapat gastusan ko para… para magtaas ang rating ko. Tanungin mo sila, ma’am, kung may naibigay ako maski piso. Media man kayo lahat, I will resign tomorrow.

Q: Thank you, sir.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: SWS, Pulse Asia. Sabihin mo lang, “Was there a time na pumunta dito si Mayor Duterte o kinausap kayo o even offered?”

— Huwag na lang ‘yang piso, masyadong mababa. “Offered 20 pesos to write a word that is good for him?”

‘Pag may magsalita diyan, sabihin sa kanila, hindi man… And Rappler and everything. And lahat ‘yan. I will step down tomorrow. I can assure you. I will do that because I do not need this office.

Q: But, sir, follow-up lang, sir. So, sir, you have no online trolls, no one’s hired anyone?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Meron akong mga followers, ma’am. Isa diyan si Mocha. But Mocha has been with me during the campaign. She offered her services free.

Ngayon, nung nanalo ako, out of gratitude. Hindi naman ako dadating ng Malacañan… Gi-appoint ko siya. Social Media Secretary. Now, she received a lot of flak [and me?] Kasi daw dancer, kasi ganon-ganon. And so what?

Cannot a lowly dancer in this Republic, in this country, can they not aspire for somebody to be somebody someday? Marunong naman mag-English. Hindi naman bali-bali. And she deals with everybody. Kaibigan niya ang military, kaibigan niya ang lahat. So, bakit hindi ko siya ilagay sa pwesto?

Ilang beses ako nag-ikot ng Pilipinas na ‘yung ibang tao, ni hindi nagpakita minsan. Tapos ngayon, humihingi ng trabaho.

Ito sila, hindi — Ito si Mocha, ito ang totoo, tanungin ko na siya. Sabi ko, “Bong, hanapin mo ‘yan si Mocha. Sabihin mo kung paano ako makatulong sa kanya.” Sabi nila, “May position diyan for media.” Sabi ko, “ Ilagay mo.”

Sabi, “Ah, wala dancer lang ‘yan. Mga sexy dancer.” And so? And so?

Sabihin mo, naghubad ‘yung tao. And so? She no longer deserves a break in this universe because she’s a dancer, because— Nandiyan siya, ako mag-ano. Maraming nandiyan because utang na loob ko. Binabayaran ko pero sa mga tamang tao.

‘Yung si Sueno, Secretary, may utang na loob ako doon. He was the first to go to me and say, “Alam mo, Mayor, kailangan ang Pilipinas ganito, kasi corrupt na masyado.” Marami ‘yun sila.

And it was very sad na ilang days pa lang kami sa— Ayon na, may naririnig na ako.

Mag-abroad na kaagad, nag-a— At maggamit ng siren. Dito nga sa PSG, hindi ko nga na — I do not allow them to blow their siren. I’ve never done that, even when I was mayor. Unless, ‘yung mga emergency, may sunog, may patayan, pumutok ang airport, pumutok…

Tapos, ‘yung ngayon. Sabi nila, “Why limit it in Marawi?” P***. Bakit ‘yung lugar ko? Do I not deserve the consideration?

Pumutok ‘yun, April, kumakain ‘yung tao. Akala ko… Terrorism is everywhere in Mindanao. Terrorism is not a tribe. It is a revolution of a bastardized ideology. Gusto lang pumatay, pati gusto magsira.

‘Yan ang ISIS. ‘Yan ang revolution sa Mindanao. Hindi lang ‘yan. ‘Yung mga eskwelahan. ‘Yung Zamboanga National High School. Ang Marawi, library pinaputok ng granada. Ang Marawi National High School, nilagyan ng IED. O, what do you call that? Tapos sabihin nilang, “In Marawi only.” Meron ba ‘yan…

Remember, I don’t have any… Kasi, I am one-fourth Moro, Maranao. Alam mo, in Mindanao, nandiyan ang Muslim, hati-hati kami diyan. Naturally, ang sentimento ng Moro, mali man siguro, pero nandiyan talaga ‘yan sa kanila.

So, a simple death could generate a lot of human emotions pouring, then translated into an overt act of action.

May gaganti ‘yan. Watch me. May puputok iba diyan. Gaganti ‘yan. Gumanti nga na wala akong kasalana sa kanila noon sa Davao. Simbahan, twice. Airport, isa. Pantalan, isa. Terminal, isa. Where people congregate.

Hindi ako galit sa Maranao. Mas maraming matino na Maranao. Merong Maranao na g*** talaga, ‘yang Maute. ‘Di ako galit sa kanila.

But I am mad at all ma’am. May kaibigan ako, ma’am, nasa Maute. May pinsan ako sa Maute. May relative— [Saan si Secretary?] Secretary Mamao is a Maranao. He was my classmate. He is an adviser, Secretary, Adviser for Muslim May mga pinsan ‘yan sa Maute.

Q: Good evening, Mr. President. I’m Christine Herrera from Manila Standard. I have only two questions for you, Mr. President. One is about the military and one is about the economy. After your two-hour long speech, you said—

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ilan, ma’am?

Q: Two hours, sir.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Sus, ma’am uy—

Q: Yeah.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ha? Ang bilis ng relo mo [laughter] Sira ‘yan.

Q: I counted.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yeah, me too.

Q: Yeah.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Kasi ako ganon. Two hours?

Q: You lost count, Mr. President. Anyway, the—

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Well, forgive me. Baka ito ang sira [laughter]. Palit na lang tayo, gusto…

Q: Yes, sir. About the military, you said earlier that you would intensify the recruitment, like 30- 40,000 to replace all the troops that you’ve lost—

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: No, no. To replace and to strengthen.

Q: Strengthen the military?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Hindi naman ganon karami ang namatay.

Q: Yes, sir. And you would upgrade all the equipment, et cetera, et cetera. So is this an indication that you would—

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes…

Q: Also expand the coverage of the martial law that would include now Mindanao, Visayas— Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, nationwide, sir?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: If there is a revolution everywhere and anywhere.

Q: Is there such an indicator, Mr. President?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: What’s the law? What’s the reason for doing it?

Q: Because you said earlier that there was lot of stockpile coming in. You don’t know where it came from and that there was failure of intelligence.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Well, obviously, it was a motherhood statement. But it could not be… it could not cover every… every place there when there’s no trouble.

Q: So there’s no nationwide martial law, Mr. President?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: What?

Q: No nationwide?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: No nationwide martial law. And because why? I will look stupid before the eyes of the public if I do that. And I am not ready to be called stupid.

Q: Alright, Mr. President. About the economy, you seem to have forgotten how… how to improve the economy next year and this year?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ma’am, it’s improving. It is you who is not reading.

Q: No, sir. You said earlier that—

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: No, no. [inaudible] my economics. I told you I am not an economist. I’m a lawyer. But you can consult my team here. They are brighter than me. Look at your figures where you got it and they will give theirs.

Q: Yes, Mr. President, you said that Davao had a growth of nine percent…

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes, correct.

Q: And then, you would make it like 21 percent, the highest in the world. So how—?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yeah, no. The highest in the Philippines.

Q: In the Philippines, so how… how would you do that, Mr. President? Could you assure us how?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Well, it just improved because the peace and order situation improved tremendously.

It started when I was Mayor. I mean, the blooming of Davao started when I was Mayor, when everything was in order and there was less crime.

It’s all recorded. You can go there, you can get your facts from DTI, BIR.

Q: No big-ticket projects, Mr. President like?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Like what?

Q: Like how to create jobs for, you know.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ganito, ma’am, eh. I do not know if you were there nung nag-speech ako for the first time.

And this is the exact words: “I will make this place peaceful. But it is not my job to generate money because we have none in government for that. You, the private sector…”

Then, I addressed myself to Mr. Ayala, who was still alive, in a public forum. I said, “Kayo, Mr. Ayala, ang may mga pera, may negosyo. You should spearhead the economic activity. You should invite your friends to invest in Davao. I will take care of the law and order in the city.”

Those were my words, it is recorded for history. And you can ask any from Davao who was there, and who will tell you that.

Q: Yeah. Thank you, Mr. President.

Q: Magandang gabi po, Mr. President. Itong susunod na five months po dito sa Mindanao, maliban po sa kampanya na gagawin ng ating mga kasundaluhan sa Marawi, ano po ang maaasahan ng mga ordinaryong sibilyan sa Mindanao? Will they be asked to sacrifice some of their civil liberties para maipatupad ninyo ng maayos ang martial law? Like… like curfews, perhaps, restrictions on their movements, ‘yung karapatan nilang pumunta sa mga korte to seek relief sa mga alalahanin nila?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: You can do everything in Davao elsewhere, except in the places where there is a curfew. Nobody can force you to do a thing. We are allowed to live there in peace. Nobody but nobody has been forced to do anything against his will.

The only thing… the only, well, would say, was an impairment of those civil and political rights is that you have to go home at 12 because at 12, iba ang bakbakan. And they might not see you clearly if you are a civilian or an enemy. It is really for your own good.

Q: In other words po, wala pong repeat ng 1972 events?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: You have seen it for one month now. May nakita ka bang tangke dito? Mga sundalo? Do you see any uniformed military outfits roaming the streets there?

So, why do you have to compare me with Marcos? I am not Marcos. I may not be as brilliant as Marcos. But definitely, I am more attuned to my values in life.

Ang values ni Marcos is not necessarily mine just because there is martial law.

Q: Magandang gabi ho Mr. President. Ang sinasabi hong ugat ng rebellion ay kahirapan, gutom, kawalan ng trabaho, kakulangan sa edukasyon. Sa nalalabi ho ninyong panunungkulan, sa susunod ng mga taon, ano ho ‘yung inyong plano para gamutin itong sakit na ito ng ating bayan at meron ba kayong kahilingan sa 17th Congress para madaliin ang mga legislative measures para po sa pagtupad nang mabilisan sa inyong mga campaign promises para po dito sa mga pangunahin problema ng ating mga kababayan?

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Look, we will have to proceed from different predicates, ang pundasyon ng statement mo.

Kabuhayan, kahirapan ganon. Hindi ho ‘yan. Doon sa Marawi, it’s driven by extremists. Pati the entry of a foreign ideology.

Kaya doon, I hope that… I’m sure the military would be willing to show you.

Ang nandoon ho, ‘yung mga Arabo. Maraming puti doon at matatangkad, namatay. It’s an invasion, actually of a revolutionary. I said which is bankrupt with a purpose.

‘Yung buhay natin dito. The things that we can give to the people will only approximate what is our income.

Ang pinapatakbo natin itong sa gobyerno, ‘yang sweldo naming lahat, comes from taxes. The only way for taxes to be collected more than is for business to come in, do business, and pay taxes.

But you have to improve the situation. So that they will come in. Now, the downside of that they said that there’s martial law and people who expect, been expecting to go there for agricultural enterprises have been stymied by the martial law declaration because there is still fighting in Mindanao.

We are doing everything we can. That’s a day-to-day business that Marcos, Arroyo, Aquino pati Estrada, ‘yun ang ginagawa. Because there is a government, there’s a functioning agriculture. Dito, irrigation. Irrigation, for one thing, they used to be 5,000. Ngayon, irrigation fee, inalis ko na. Wala na silang… They can use the water, free of charge.

‘Yung… We are doing— I am just one year. I’m trying to cope up with what is inadequate and find an adequate supply of money. Ganon ‘yan.

Itong kahirapan ito, hindi ito, it’s not a— I do not have the silver bullet na bukas, wala ng maghihirap. Takes time. Trabaho.

Ngayon nga, papasukin mo muna because China, maraming project.

Actually, they are promising to build two bridges that translates into manpower. Pera. ‘Yung ganon. We have to perk up the economy. The economy is in the hands of the people. It is not with government.

We cannot print money more than our national wealth. So what is the value of your economy? It’s not in gold bars anymore. It is the value of your economy.

So who determines it? The IMF. Your economy is only good, ‘yan lang ang may mga trabaho and these are the only output na kaya nila.

Then the valuation of the services. I-add nila ‘yan. That is the value of your economy and that is the worth of your money.

Q: Salamat po.

Q: Good evening, Mr. President. You mentioned a lot of… a lot of times of China at your SONA speech, especially when you mentioned about our independent foreign policies. So as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is coming for visit to the Philippines—

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Yes.

Q: I would like to know what’s your comment about the improvement of the, of our two countries relationship in your first year. And what’s your expectation about the cooperation in the future? Thank you.

PRESIDENT DUTERTE: The money is already there. There are lot of constructions going on that was stopped temporarily, but it was [inaudible] by the new money infused by China.

China is coming in to build bridges, two of them, for free. And then in the… in the South, a lot of aquatic enterprises there. So it comes in trickles because of the, you know, documentation and everything.

But more than— [Ilan na nga?] 24 billion has been infused into the… will be infused. Pera ‘yan ha. Hindi ‘yan… hindi ‘yan ano… Libre ‘yung iba. ‘Yung 25 billion, ibigay nila, then you can borrow… it’s with the banks.

You cannot run a country without a bank. Hindi naman pwede ibigay… they cannot go to the countries and give it…

So you have… it has to be a bank and we have decided to use Land Bank as a, as it is really called. Land Bank, for extension of services, where they go and deliver the money, for the cooperatives.
But you have to strengthen the cooperative and feed it with money. And it’s being done and it will produce results. Maybe at the year’s end and that’s the time when you say, “Have we done something good or have we done something bad?” Or “We are a son of a b****** who are doing nothing.” 

Thank you for listening. And ang importante lang doon is for the left to realize that they cannot have their cake and eat it too.

You cannot ambush me and then ask me to talk to you. Kung patay na ako, sinong kausapin mo? Crazy guys.

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