To ensure the speedy construction of hospitals and highways in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines to take the lead in the projects.
In a speech Thursday, December 9, President Duterte said he would personally supervise the constructions of infrastructures in Jolo and Basilan.
The projects will be spearheaded by the Office of the President and handled by the military.
“At ako mismo ang magtingin doon, the hospitals and all. Otherwise, walang dadating doon,” he said.
“Ako na mismo ang mag-supervise. Ibigay ko sa engineering battalion. You go down Sabah. Construction of the roads there. Mga engineering brigades there. So may makuha po ako diyan kabutihan,” the President added.
President Duterte said he is not casting any aspersion against anybody, but it’s the reality.
“It’s either he does not extend help, withhold the money or help and do it,” he said.
President Duterte had several times declared he will order the building of military hospitals, and improved the highways in conflict-ridden areas in Southern Philippines.
He added that he wanted easy medical access for soldiers injured in battles. Infrastructure projects will also hasten development in the area.
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