july 27, 2014
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in his regular Sunday TV program noted that during President PNoy Aquino’s time his city has certainly experienced economic growth as particularly seen in the rise of jobs due to the establishments of call centers and other Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms.
But on the other hand, he, being the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council, noted a rise of “not more than 18 percent” of criminalities throughout Region XI.
“Dire sa Davao (City) dili kaayo (not so many), but in many places in Region XI, there seems to be a sharp rise of criminalities,” he said.
He begged that he would not name those places in deference to the mayors concerned.
He said that the communist CPP-NPA rebels remain to be the leading threat to peace in the region even as he reiterated anew his policy of talking for peace with them.
He added that the national administration has been actively encouraging people to go to Mindanao and with it “Davao City is in the green map”.
For one, he attributed this giving of a green map to the city government’s cutting of redtape and gridlocks owing to his maximum 72-hour policy for the City Hall departments to release business permits to people who would want to do business in the city.
“If they could not release it, they will go directly to me and I’ll sit down with (their) papers. I would ask why they fail to comply within 72 hours,” he said.
The mayor also defended anew President Aquino’s “right to be heard” in speaking even against the Supreme Court’s decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), stressing that he came to President’s defense ”without touching on the illegality of DAP.”
He said that DAP funds from some senators like Bong Revilla and Pia Cayetano had landed to something good in the city such as for hospital building and various hospital equipment and facilities in the Southern Philippines Medical Center.
“DAP and PDAF handled by Napoles are the ones which are dangerous,” he added. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)