DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Yolanda 3 years later

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Presidential Communications Office
Presidential News Desk

SPEECH OF
PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
AT THE 3rd YEAR “YOLANDA” COMMEMORATION
 [Holy Cross Memorial Park Mass Grave, Brgy. Basper, Tacloban City | 8 November 2016]  

Salamat po. Kindly sit down.

You know, ganito kahaba ang ipakilala ko. Well, will matter but what matters most is what has happened three years then.

Hindi na lang ako mag—Tutal, kilala na. What is important is gusto ko agad magsalita. Kaya ako I boarded the craft and called for the guys who has had or who had a thing to work in connection with the ‘Yolanda’ victims. 

Alam mo, I came three years ago when this incident happened and I was sad. Ngayon, sinabi ko sa kanila sa [unclear] hindi ako galit. Do not be offended but pagtanong ko three years after, iilang tao pa lang ang nakatira sa mga bunkhouses or the relief houses that are provided by government.

I am not satisfied. As a matter of fact, it’s a—it’s BS to me. Three years, wala pay nakabalhin kaayo. Ano ba naman–?

Huwag na lang natin ituloy kaya ‘yan. Gawa na lang natin sementeryo. Maghintay tayo ng ‘Yolanda’ junior. 

Anak—Hindi ko akalain. You know, I just introduced reforms in the national government. In the national offices, irrespective of the department, they are only given one month to process the papers. It must be out by one month.

Ang local government, since you are not under me directly, I do not have the control. But I have the supervision. I would be coming out of rules that binds everybody including government corporations, na kung gani itong LWUA. Said I am… Hindi ako galit sa inyo.

Itong LWUA, NHA, DPWH. You do that again and I will fire all of you. I will ask you to resign. Totoo. Tutal—

‘Yung mga kaibigan ko—I mean dito sa itaas nakikinig iyan. Ang problema, sa down and it’s not pouring, it’s trickling, in trickles and this, what—I don’t know.

Alam mo, indolence is part of corruption. When you are paid for eight hours to do your work, mag-trabaho ka ng eight hours, do not shortchange the public.

Now, these three years, wala na, two years na then—We are all Christians. If you read the Bible, it is only God who controls everything, including the reason why we are here.

It’s mind-boggling but we do not have the answer. What he proposed to us, at least in the Bible, which is that, he will come back here to judge the living and the dead. You believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church.

So, about three years from now, magbaba na naman si Kristo to judge us, the living and the dead. And the theory is that the dead will rise from itself. I don’t know kung saan ‘yan. Mag-libingan ba tayo kung meron pa.

‘Yung houses na ‘yan, eh kung hindi pa matapos ‘yan sunod buwan eh—Gawain mo na lang, gawain mo na lang crematorium ‘yan o—

Kasi anong sabihin ko dito? What—What am I supposed to say here? That three years from now has passed at kayo naghintay na lang ng isa pang typhoon na sana pagdating namin dito wala ng tao para we do not have to say I am sorry na dumating nang ganito. Drill it.

Ako po’y naghihingi ng tawad sa inyo. But for all orders, I have fired so many men in government. It’s either magkaintindihan tayo o hindi. 

Ako ho, I propose something like this. I was not elected to sit down there. It was never my ambition to be President. Eh kung nandiyan na rin ako, trabaho na lang tayo lahat because ako, I never coveted the position.

Alam ko lang. Alam ninyo. Ni wala akong isang congressman, wala akong isang governor except Imee and Governor Garcia of Bataan and a Governor in Mindanao, the only lady and the only reason why na sinuportahan niya ako kasi kasintahan ko siya. 

Ayan ang totoo. Hindi ako nagpapatawa. She used or was, girlfriend ko noon.

Totoo, nanalo ako. Except for Davao. Ni wala akong isang barangay captain sa Central Luzon, that’s why the sense of commitment is there because wala kang pera, wala kang makinarya and yet the Filipino people give you an overwhelming mandate to serve.

It is this kind of service that I came here for. I’m really, I’m sorry I said, I do not want to offend anybody. I am not satisfied. Now three years, how many days—?

I’d like to ask the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas to, Mike, Mike Dino. I’ll put him in charge. Kaya nga Presidential Assistant siya Mike, maggawa ka ng bahay diyan, diyan ka tumira. You oversee the—

I want this thing completed—I will be back. Babalik ako. Ano tayo ngayon? October, November. I’ll be back December.

Mike, gusto ko ng… nasa harap nila by December, gusto ko makalipat na lahat. P***** ina.  ‘yang tubig na ‘yan, gawaan mo sila ng swimming pool. Gawaan mo sila ng lahat basta I will be back, I promise you.

In the fullness of God’s time, I will be back December. Pag, pag wala pa ito sila na lipat diyan lahat, dalhin mo na sa… Kumuha ka ng lupa diyan sa Bonifacio o Forbes Park. Bigyan mo ‘yan sila tag-isa-isa. [Mike Dino answers: Yes, sir] It’s a commitment ha? 

Para rin… Alam mo bay, sa totoo lang, bihira ako nagbabaril ng tao lalo na kung kaibigan. Pag hindi mo nagawa ‘yan—

So you guys, you take your orders from her and the same, same order, that she’s supposed to finish her job on time. Hindi tayo pwedeng magbilangan.  

You know, we are so underdeveloped, a country. That by the nature of the listeners and indolence of some idiots, lalo tuloy tayong naging double the underdeveloped, whatever that phrase means. Hindi ko talaga nain—

Kasi kung alam ko lang na wala pa pala tapos at, three years from now hindi pa tapos, sabagay pupunta rin ako dito kasi nandito si Vice President eh. Kung siya—saan siya nagapunta, nagpasunod-sunod ako.

Pero biyuda kasi—annulled man ako sa, ‘yan ang toto, annulled ako sa asawa ko. Pero may anak ako, basta masuportahan lang, okay lang ‘yun.

Ma’am balita ko may boyfriend ka na? oo, sabi diyan sa ano—huwag kang mahiyaan. Do not be offended pero ‘yung sabi nila hindi ‘yun totoo? Kay kung totoo ‘yun ma’am, eh magpatay na congressman na ba ako. Para ma-biyuda uli.

You know, maybe the next time I’ll sit down with her and some guys from Davao na, who were with me for the past 23 years that I was mayor at baka lang maka-tulong naman ako. Hindi namin ‘yan—I’m not saying that we are the only ones of the expertise but in –no, no, [unclear] everything, makatulong sila sa import.

You know in a – I’d come up with a—maybe regulations na local government permits should be out. Davao is three days, electrical, business permit, whatever permit, permit to die, the better, kung ano basta it has to be only in hours.

Ako, I do it 72 hours. Any business permit that you would like to apply, it’s 72 hours in Davao.

No, no, walang ano—Then, beyond that, you go to the Mayor and explain why you need more than 72 hours to process the papers. 

For example, if you want—an ocular inspection, you can do that. It would take time. But you have to have some sort of rules for efficiency in this government.

Kaya ang… itong mga komunista, they tried and they are correct because we have failed miserably just really to govern effectively. Not just govern.

Once you are there, you receive your salary, pero ‘yung tao– Alam mo kasi ’yung taga-gobyerno and even the politicians, pag napanalo sila, nag-iiba ang anyo, ang isip. They begin to swagger around. They go out, may bodyguards and all tapos they think that they are the special elite, chosen by God for that particular epoch.

Ganon ‘yan. Nag-iiba. Pati ‘yung taga-gobyerno. Instead of just realizing that he is there to help also is para sa kanyang mahirap rin. 

Ito ‘yung paglabas niyang alas-dose magbalik ng alas-tres. You know if you do that, ang akin kasi ngayon, I do not go for any kind of ano—It’s summary dismissal.

Mga pulis, you begin to, your trabaho. ‘Di kita papalusutin. But lahat ng pulis na nagpasubo sa trabaho, they will have my protection and I will not allow a single policeman to go to prison just because he was doing his duty. Tandaan ninyo ‘yan. 

Kayong mga pulis, wala kayong problem. Basta sa trabaho. Either I rise or sink with you. I will not abandon you and I will be there… trabaho lang.

Pero pag inabuso niyo ang sibilyan, ayaw niyo mag-trabaho, papasok kayo ng droga, p****** i** papatayin ko talaga kayo.

Sa totoo lang, hindi ko kayo palulusutin. I don’t give a s*** kung sino ka. And that is a warning for everybody. And the new rule now, I have somebody to remind me.

I will return the Alunan Doctrine. The doctrine says that more than three bodyguards including you kung may armas ka, pangatlo ka, that’s a private army and you will be arrested. 

Wala akong pakialam kung sinong governor ka o mayor. We go back to the simple days of you can have one or two. Oo nga. Ngayon, magdala ka, mag-practice ka.

Kung hindi ka marunong mag-baril, huwag kang mag-mayor, huwag kang mag-governor. Tatalawan mo. Dapat sumali na lang diyan sa—

We go back to no mor, more than two policemen and it should not be the choice should come from the PNP. Hindi kayo makapili ng tao kasi diyan ang abuso. 

“Ah ito bata ito, anak ito ng barangay captain ko.” You only have two. Get it from the service company of the—Merong… there’s a, an office there for special units. Maghingi ka, only if you are in danger.

Kayo namang mga NPA that are nakikinig ngayon, eh kung dalawa lang ang kasama sa pulis, huwag ninyong sobrahan. Dalawa lang rin. Tabla-tabla na ‘yung fight. 

Ambush-ambush. Ambushin ninyo tag-isang MRGU. Oo nga, dalawang pulis, dalawa kayo. Huwag ninyong sobrahan ‘yung arte na. Kawawa naman ‘yung kalaban ninyo. There’s no sense in–

You know, we are trying our best to come up with something. We are lucky that the, of course, would like to thank the Communist Party of the Philippines for giving another try, another shot at the peace process.

And kung sakaling, if we succeed, then wala na masyado, makikita mo, walang patayan. ‘Nong una, ayaw ng military, ayaw ng pulis kasi NPA. 

So what do we do? We’ve been fighting with them for the last 45 years. Sabi ko sa pulis, sabi ko sa mga military: What? Do you want another 45 years of fighting?

Because if you want, then—But you know, the very bullet that I buy to kill you comes from the pocket of the Filipino. Ganon din sa… sa MNLF, Nur Misuari came to me and said, we talk again, I said thank you. 

Ang MI, I just signed the Bangsamoro, up to replace to BBL. Eh sabi ni Nur noon, kung walang BBL, we will go to war.

I went to his camp and said what is the sense? Why? Do you want another 45 years of fighting? Do you really want to kill all of the Moro and the Christians? Is there a way to live a life more… half the decency of what we are doing to each other?

Sabi ko, mabuti na walang away. But… ang nagkulang ang gobyerno mismo. I must admit that government has fallen short, very short of the expectations of the people.

Dapat ‘yang Yolanda, one year after, tapos na ‘yan lahat. So you cut the red tape or I really—Hindi ko malaman kung saan ako mag-umpisa. Is it really the rules which is also to protect the money of the people? Or the people nandiyan sa, ayaw lang mag-trabaho. 

Pahigain niyo ‘yung papel diyan sa—So there must be a routine na, slip there. 

Para makita ko even how little the office is, how insignificant it is. Even if it is a public cemetery there has to be a routine slip so that alam ko when is the time for me to put you to sleep. Madali lang naman mag-ano ng tao…tutal ang radyo …. tatlong araw, tapos wala na. We want that? I’ll give it to you. Ganun lang man yan eh, Pilipinas? Patay ka ng tao?

Three days… tapos nagsagot siya, Duterte, presidente na. Ibang klase ito. No, I’m just giving you the ironies of life.

So I’m a little bit disappointed but still very happy to see you. Maraming magaganda ta na Waray. You know, I was born on the wrong side of the island. Napasabak ako doon sa mga… dyowa. Wa man dyamo…dito…waray karipay…

You know I’m from the other side. One time I was flying here going to Maasin. I realized na kung bakit there was this cast of big divide na kayong mga, near the…across Samar got the dialect from them. Yun namang…there’s a big range of mountain dividing you.

So yun sigurong demography noon, the movement of people really prevented you from traversing to the other side. Pero mas maano, mas… I was born here. Mas magaganda ang… nahaluan kayo ng Amerikano dito? 

Ewan ko kung sinong…marami siguro mga Amerikano na malikot dito noon. I don’t know if they are here to land or to land on bed of somebody else’s–. 

Well anyway I’m here because I’d like really to see you but I was thinking that everything was done on time so by December as I see… Secretary…si Mike Dino.

Pilitin mo Mike, tutal isang tawagan mo lang ako sa telepono. Kaya there’s always a cellphone and you can ask me. I ask everybody to cooperate, kindly cooperate.

Do not delay government projects because it would not.. kasi kung ano, magbolahan lang tayo dito, tapos sabihin lang ninyo ‘Eh wala yan, si Duterte, tambaluslos din yan. Dumaan dito wala namang…’

You know I said it was never my intention, it was not my ambition to be President. Nandito na ako ngayon. Wala akong… I am not due for any re-election and besides—this I promise you–give me my word:

I’m hurrying up the federal setup. Because that’s the only thing that could give us enough elbow room to talk to the Moro people in Mindanao. If you really want peace and the Communist Party of the Philippines.

 ‘Yang dalawang yan, which is the two main pressure groups in our society today, ang kailangan nila, a new setup. And ako naman I said mas mabuti yan but provide a federal setup with a strong president. Otherwise, kung parliament pure I do not think because of the diversity of… in so many aspects it would not be good.

You’d need a strong president. I am not eligible anymore. I’m only good for six years. But if you can craft it in about two to three years time, I’d be happy to step down. Okay na ako. Sibat na ako basta tingnan ko lang, I will just, maybe husband it from its gestation hanggang it’s a… and if you can call an election four years from now under a federal setup, I think it would be good for everybody.

So with that message please do not be again offended by my.. talagang medyo hindi ako galit. I’m not.. Pag malaman ninyo pag ako galit sige akong…pag ako galit sige lang akong tingin ng mga magagandang babae. [looks at Vice President Robredo]

‘Di ganun talaga, si Ma’am Leni binibiro ko yan, kung hindi– you know, when the talks get boring and the argument starts I always enter a joke para, to make it more— pero tatawa talaga.

Nung una sa meeting, they arranged na magkatabi kami. Sabihin ko kaya Ma’am o? Hindi ka mag-ano? Kasi si Ma’am Leni, medyo shorter than usual ‘yung damit na ano ganun.

Siguro nahalata ng mga protocol officer kasi sige ako sa likod. Si Sonny Dominguez naman, sabi ko, ang layo mo, dito tayo ‘lika sabi ko. Tingnan mo yung…tuhod ni… nung nahalata niya sige na siya…gusto ka sabihin, ‘Ma’am mag-shorts ka na lang kaya?’

Bakit paiksi-iksi ka ng damit tapos…so ang ginawa ng gaging inulit nya hindi yung paganon so dito makikita mo man, binaliktad niya  tapos nakaharap na doon. O wala nang view. So nung next, mga after three Cabinet meetings doon na siya sa harap ko. [sings Malayo ang Tingin]

Salamat.

…’Yung, nakalimutan ko ‘yung, but she reminded me si Secretary Taguiwalo sa DSSD [DSWD] sa emergency assistance of 5,000. Lahat kayo makakatikim, 5,000 makatanggap brother.

…Pero [speaks Bisaya] DTI, si Secretary Ramon Lopez, livelihood assistance III that’s makes eight—ongoing na ngayon— ah 5,000 so there are about 10,000. I hope you’d– ’yung mga 3,000 sa tuba ganoon, ‘yung 2,000 shabu siguro, nangamatay gid. Maski saan mo magtago, T*** ina, yayariin ko kayo.

—END—

 

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