- The Duterte administration has vowed to make Mindanao the “land of fulfillment”
- President Rodrigo Duterte is the first Philippine president to come from Mindanao
- His push for federalism aims to grant greater autonomy for the Muslim regions
The new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte promises to transform Mindanao into the “land of the fulfillment,” says a Malacañang official.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella reiterated the message of the President during the Hariraya Eid’l Fit’r celebration in Davao City wherein Muslim leaders have already been consulted in crafting a framework to bring long-lasting peace in the island that has long been hit by insurgency spanning decades.
Duterte, who was mayor of Davao City for more than two decades before taking the highest office of the land, is the first Philippine president to hail from Mindanao, which has been dubbed the “Land of Promise.”
“Maganda nga kasi talagang in-assure niya sa ating mga kapatid nating mga Muslims na he will really work for peace at tsaka talagang tututukan na ‘yung Mindanao dahil nga ‘di ba it’s years of neglect. Land of promise pa naman ‘yan. [It is good that he really assured our Muslim brothers and sisters that he will work really hard for peace and we will really focus on Mindanao because of it is years of neglect. It is supposed to be the Land of Promise.] Now it will become a land of fulfillment,” he explained in the Radyo ng Bayan run under the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
Among the priorities of the Duterte administration is the push for federalism, which would grant greater autonomy for local governments, especially in the Muslim region of Mindanao.
The President, however, admitted that if his pitch for federalism would not push through, he would still be willing to pass a more acceptable version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
“It will not come overnight. Certainly, it will not come next year. Probably, it will be something about two to three years from now. But I assure you that something will change before I end my term,” he said.