President Rodrigo Duterte, in his camp visit on Tuesday (Sept. 20), to the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army said he is mulling over the resurrection of the defunct Philippine Constabulary (PC) to help fight urban terrorism in various parts of the country.
In his speech before scores of military officials and soldiers of the said Infantry Division, President Duterte said resurrecting the PC would be a great boon to the government's current intensified campaign against extremist groups and illegal drug syndicates.
The PC was abolished in the early 90's and was subsequently merged with the Integrated National Police to form the present Philippine National Police.
He rallied the soldiers to train hard and stay true to their mandate because he said there's a new war in the horizon resulting in the resurgence of terrorist attacks in the wake of the government's war against insurgency and drug syndicates.
This is why I am urging you to reinvent yourselves as soldiers for a new kind of war and to master the skill of profiling criminals," the President told the soldiers.
In the same vein, President Duterte brandished a thick file of papers which he said contains at least 1,000 names of mostly barangay captains, reportedly involved in the illegal drug trade, mayors and congressmen included.
"This is the primary reason why I ordered the postponement of the barangay elections, to prevent drug syndicates from funding corrupt local officials," he added.
President Duterte also reiterated his promise to double the salaries of the soldiers and provide them the necessary weapons and equipment they need in the field to accomplish their mission.
"Get a Medal of Valor and I, in turn, will find something good for you," he said. (PCO)
Source: Philippine Information Agency