For peace, I will walk the extra mile — Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said he will walk the extra mile to achieve peace in the Philippines.

By walking the extra mile, President Duterte said he will “search the elusive peace for our nation” and continuously initiate steps to reach out to the communists and Moro rebels who are enemies of the state.

President Duterte said the Philippine government and the enemies of the states cannot fight forever, stressing that he is not a wartime President. “I have no business going to war against my own people. I told them, let’s talk. Violence is one thing that I must avoid at all cost,” he said.

Duterte reiterated his invitation to Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) founding leader Ma. Jose Sison to come home and talk peace with the government. “I will talk to the enemies of the state in search of peace and that is why I have invited Sison to come home peacefully, and I will guarantee his personal safety and security,” the President said.

“Should the peace talks prevail, then we would be lucky and I would thank God for it. But if not, I said, I will personally escort him to the airport and I will see to it that he will fly out alive,” President Duterte said.

Duterte said he is also building peace with Moro rebels particularly with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari.

President Duterte said he is hoping that the Senate and the House of Representatives will pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). “I’m talking to Murad about the BBL. Then to Nur Misuari. Nur Misuari, maybe he realizes that at the end of the day, on our sunset days, we need to push for peace,” Duterte said.

“At this crucial juncture in our history, we need to draw strength from the lessons of our past to ensure that these ills do not cause any more damage to our future,” the President said.

President Duterte said he will pursue his fight against corruption and illegal drugs as well as criminality and terrorism. “Though the heroes of the past had liberated the nation from foreign subjugation, weare still facing modern challenges such as poverty, corruption, environmental degradation, terrorism, criminality, and illegal drugs,” President Duterte said.

In photo: “I will walk the extra mile for peace.” President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected Punong Barangays of Central Luzon at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on June 12, 2018, urges the village chiefs to follow his pursuit of protecting the people and preserving the nation. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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