DAVAO CITY: As he acknowledged the contributions of soldiers and policemen to the security, peace and order of the country, Davao City Vice Mayor and presidential son Paolo Duterte said he wants to put up a VIP lounge for them in the airport here.
“The fight by the Duterte administration against terrorism and its war on illegal drugs allowed us to see the immensity of the sacrifices of our soldiers and members of the police in defense of our future, our security, our freedom and the Philippine Constitution,” the younger Duterte said in a statement on Friday.
He cited the sacrifices of the country’s forces in the continuing battle in Marawi, describing it as “a grim reminder that we are living in an unsafe world,” and a confirmation of people who are ready to die to defend the citizenry.
The vice mayor urged the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to allocate funds for the establishment of a VIP lounge at the Davao City International Airport for the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to these men and women – for their selflessness, dedication, and courage and bravery to be on the line and defend us, our freedom, the security of our families, and the future of our country,” he said.
Providing them with such support is a manifestation of respect and appreciation of the soldiers and policemen, he added.
“Food and drinks and the amenities of the facility should be available for our soldiers and policemen for free, especially those who are traveling on a mission, while waiting for their flights,” Duterte said.
The younger Duterte also cited the efforts of government forces in fighting the communists New People’s Army to ensure that vulnerable communities are protected from what he dubbed as the “twisted ideology of an armed group whose desire is to only make lives worse for the people.”|
“Our soldiers and cops are only doing their jobs and they may be driven by other motivations when they joined the service, but for all their sacrifices for us, for what they are doing for our country, they deserve a little show of recognition and appreciation,” the vice mayor said.