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Duterte vows to solve crimes in 6 months

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MANILA — "Kill me if I don't resolve heinous crimes and illegal drugs in six months." This in gist was what maverick Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told businessmen following his presidential bid.


Earlier, Duterte proposed to lease some islands in the country to investors so they could be developed, attract tourists and investors and open up more job and livelihood opportunities to the people.


“If I succeed perhaps that would be my greatest contribution to the country, but if I fail, kill me,” Duterte told a crowd during a book launching last week at Lucio Tan-owned Century Park Hotel in Manila.


Should he succeed, Duterte said his next plan is to work on “inclusive nation building.”


Later, Duterte presented his main platform during a meeeting with leaders of the Nationalist People' Coalition. The platform, he said, was centered on public order and safety, which includes curbing criminality and the rising cases involving drug abuse.


The tough-talking mayor also pressed his proposal for a change to federal system of government so other regions of the country would have bigger opportunities to grow.


Duterte has been vocal about his willingness to change the form of government to federalism to equally distribute the resources of the Philippines across the country.


Duterte said he would do his best to defeat crime and illegal drugs even if it will cost him his honor and life.


He maintained killing criminals and drug syndicates is the best way to secure the country.


“The best way for everybody, for their own good and for the good of this nation, is to stop it, but I won’t allow them to succeed, [in] three to six months I will finish it,” he said.


Duterte said he would not allow drug cartels to operate in the country and gave assuance the Philippines will not become “Asia’s Mexico” which he said has become a “narco-state.” 


He said the Philippines has no place for “El Chapos,” referring to Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, who was recaptured after six months on the run following his escape from prison.


Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, said they have made a comprehensive plan and strategy against illegal drugs.


“With the help of the people, we will end the reign of drug lords and make our streets safe again for our people,” he said.


Duterte said the country’s crime situation, particularly drug trafficking, has become so dire that bold solutions and swift actions are needed.

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