President Rodrigo Duterte revealed on Saturday that a donation amounting to P1 billion pesos has been donated to the government from an individual who prefers to remain anonymous.
During his talk with the members of the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Gamu, Isabela, Duterte announced the donation and disclosed that he plans to use part of the amount to build hospitals for the military.
And for your field hospitals, I’d like to mention it now for the first. Someone is giving us P1 billion. These are…We have hospitals like this in Davao. We will complete it so that if possible, we will prioritize the hospital for Jolo. I will place a hospital there with operating room and complete facilities, the President said in Tagalog.
The President also said that a part of the amount received will be utilized to build a drug rehabilitation center in Central Visayas – Cebu in particular.
Meanwhile, Duterte emphasized what he said earlier – that the military forces will get hold of equipment that can be utilized in fighting terrorists in the country.
“What I can assure you is, for as long as I’m President, you will have all equipment and weaponry necessary to win the war or at least to defeat them in every fight,” Duterte said.
He also reiterated the importance of these military forces in the country.
“I am just saying that the ultimate warriors in the Constitution to protect the people is the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)….Just do what is the mandate of the Constitution and I will take care of you,” Duterte said.
He has said time and again that no army or police will end up in jail as long as they are doing their job, including fighting terrorism and drugs.
During the campaign period, Duterte has already been vocal about his goal to minimize, if not eradicate, the existence of any illegal drug and related activities in the country.
With regard to the identity of the donor, Duterte did not say anything about revealing the name in the future.