President Duterte warns of “dangerous times ahead,” stresses need to better equip AFP, PNP

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the appreciation dinner for House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at The Manila Hotel on July 9, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

(Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte warned there could be “dangerous times ahead” which necessitated strengthening the country’s military and police, including equipping them properly with “armaments.”

Duterte, speaking at the appreciation dinner on Tuesday night, July 9, for outgoing House Speaker and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said that he hoped that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) would be better equipped by the time his term ended.

This way, whoever, will be elected as the next President could count on the country’s security forces to fight the enemies of the state, he said.

“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,” Duterte said.

He made an appeal for Congress to move fast so that the government could acquire the needed armaments for the military and police.

“And there were things, kakaunti na lang, which I hope that Congress would tide us over to complete the instruments that we need in dealing, especially with terrorism,” Duterte said.

“And I’d rather that I leave with a strong military and police and equipped to challenge the enemies of the state, especially terrorism. 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. So that I said, I must be prepared,” he said.

President Duterte said that his administration already bought many of the things needed by the AFP and PNP.

“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. And one of these days, I will call for a — just — for a time to talkatize and we’ll talk about it because it’s really needed by the country,” he said.

During his speech, Duterte also praised Arroyo for her leadership skills which made the economy more bullish.

“During her impressive 27-year career in the legislative and executive branches of government, she became a major figure and was instrumental in crafting policies that made our bullish economy possible,” he said.

-Confirmation of first Filipino “suicide bomber” changes PHL security environment  –

On Wednesday, the AFP and the PNP confirmed that a Filipino was confirmed to be one of the two suicide bombers killed during the June 28 attack on the Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team headquarters in Indanan, Sulu.

“We can now confirm… the incidence of the first suicide bombing in the Philippines, perpetrated by a Filipino in the person of Norman Lasuca,” military spokesman Brigadier-General Edgard Arevalo told a news conference.

“The security environment in our country has changed,” Arevalo said, requiring military and police “adjustments in techniques, tactics and procedures”.

“Before, we only heard of IED (improvised explosive device) attacks, remote-controlled attacks but this time an individual blew himself up as a full-fledged suicide bomber.”