- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte vows to provide assistance to soldiers who are in need of financial assistance
- The president said he will look for ways to help them
- Improved medical facilities are likewise underway
Assuring full support to the soldiers in eradicating criminality, President Rodrigo Duterte said the law enforcers could even run to him for financial support especially when it comes to hospital bills and school fees.
Speaking before the members of the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City, the president stressed he will do his best to extend helping hands to soldiers who are saddled with financial problems, an article written by Trisha Macas on GMA News Online stated.
“Just go to your commanding officer and he will call me. And I will look for ways to help you. Huwag na kayong pumasok diyan sa kung ano-ano pa. Kapag medyo mabigat — alam mo marami iyan ah — patay, tuition, or whatever, cancer. Paalaminin mo lang ako,” Pres. Duterte was quoted saying.
[Don’t enter into other activities. If you are addled with financial problems like death, tuition, sickness..j ust let me know.]
In addition to this, Pres. Duterte reiterated his plans for provision of improved medical facilities for the soldiers and their families by selling presidential yacht BRP Pangulo which was named BRP Pag-asa in 2009 during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Duterte disclosed that if there will be no interested buyers he might opt to convert the yacht into a hospital with operating rooms.
Initial plan of the president was to sell the yacht and eventually use the funds to rebuild V. Luna General Hospital.
“I will add a new building, a new one. And you have a comparative best treatment. It will have everything — CT scan, ano iyong mga imaging. I will spend money. And I will improve the hospitals kung ano ang mga immediate at urgent needs to be there,” Duterte claimed.
In expressing his full support the soldiers, the President, on the other hand, discouraged them from engaging in corruption especially after the military had also been ordered to participate in anti-drug operations.