Pagdating nang panahon
[applause] At the same time, the government would be adequately equipped with the constitutional tool not only to prevent the escape of rebels who can easily mingle and pretend to be civilian evacuees only to re-group in another place to fight another day, but also to prevent them from spreading their gospel of hate and violence in the rest of Mindanao. Wala akong pinirmahan ni isa, p**** i**** ‘yan na para pagkain. But like I said I hope we will cope, we hope and pray. It’s repeated for almost every week yata ‘yang mga short clips.
We can, and we will, overcome as we did countless times in the past, [but] only if we work together towards a common goal. Not even the two hands, one hand lang na exempted sa rule na ‘yan. We were told that it is no longer a question of “if” but a matter of “when.” Thus, we need to act decisively and fast because the threat is huge, real and imminent. Then you trivialize it with human rights and due process. When you go into an anger, when you burst with rage, okay ‘yan. [applause] What have you done in the name of human rights?
Sad to say, despite all efforts, peace, especially in the Island of Mindanao, continues to elude us. Come to think of it really, they say that there is no perfect instrument or human acumen can really predict earthquake. Kasi kung magdating ‘yung sabi nila ‘yung “Big One”, I hope it will be just in the mountains and in the rural areas. But with so many killings as brutal and as cruel as what happened, if you add human rights and due process, you stink and your mouth smells.
I will not allow the ruin of the youth, the disintegration of families and the retrogression of communities, forced by criminals whose greed for money is as insatiable as it is devoid of moral purpose. But do not connect it with due process and human rights. But when you talk in public carry the proper message. Eh kayo man ang front sa pa-ganun-ganun, eh ‘pag may namatay diyan na maraming massacre, ni-rape mga babae, bata, hindi kayo umiimik. Tingnan mo ang puti, panahon ni Obama, una ‘yung spokesman ng State Department.
Neither will I be immobilized into inaction by the fear that I will commit an act that will expose me to public condemnation or legal prosecution. Kaya mag-82 kayo or kaya binobombahan niyo kasi ako ng ganun. [applause] Maya-maya pagdating ng mga --- [applause and cheers] pagdating nitong mga Western expert kuno, you give them so much premium and importance.
[applause] And I will make sure, very sure that they will not have the luxury of enjoying the benefits of their greed and madness.
I do not intend to loosen the leash in the campaign or lose the fight against illegal drugs.
Neither do I intend to preside over the destruction of the Filipino youth by being timid and tentative in my decisions and actions. Each life that is snuffed out translates into future generations lost.
[applause] To the critics against this fight, your efforts will be better spent if you use the influence, moral authority and ascendancy of your organizations over your respective sectors to educate the people on the evils of illegal drugs instead of condemning the authorities and unjustly blaming for every killing that bloodies this country. It is like cracking the acorn from which an oak tree grows - which, in turn, produce the seeds to complete the cycle of [life in] perpetuity. There are beasts and vultures preying on the helpless, the innocent [and] the unsuspecting. When you talk about an incident, talk about it, then condemn, condemn the police. I could not be brighter than you and my work is not more important or your vocation is not less than mine.
The battle of Marawi has dealt a terrible blow to our quest for peace especially now that an alien ideology and a radical shift in purpose have been injected into the local setting. Iyon nandito ‘yan, tinatakot nila dito because of the high-rise buildings and… I will mince no words and neither will I window-dress the situation [that] we are in. We are in for trouble because we live in troubled and uncertain times.