Leading Presidential contender and Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte today assured the nation that he will address the problems of drugs, criminality, corruption and the monstrous traffic of Metro Manila in the first 100 days of his Presidency.
Appearing in the DZMM program “Ikaw Na Ba: The DZMM Presidential Candidates Interview” hosted by Karen Davila, Vic de Leon Lima and Gerry Baja, Duterte said while the problem of Metro Manila’s traffic gridlock will take 12 years to solve, it will be immediately addressed once he assumes the Presidency on June 30, 2016.
“Corruption has to go. Crime has to stop. Drugs will have to be stopped,” he said when asked what he would do in his first 100 days should he win the Presidency next year.
Duterte also said that he would endorse the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty and warned policemen involved in drugs and crime that they would be the “first to go.”
He also said he will order a review of the law which grants immunity from prosecution youngsters below 15 years old from criminal prosecution saying the law authored by then Senator Francis Pangilinan has created a huge problem involving minors in serious criminal incidents.
Duterte said he will also form a commission composed of representatives coming from all the regions of the country to start a study on the shift from a Unitary Presidential form of government to a Parliamentary Federal System.
On the problem of traffic in Metro Manila and informal settlers, Duterte said there should be a long-term formula to solve the problem.
“Metro Manila is overpopulated with both people and vehicles,” he said.
To diffuse the traffic and overcrowding in Metro Manila, Duterte said factories located within the metro area will have to be relocated to outlying areas.
He said the availability of jobs in the outlying areas will ensure that informal settlers who are relocated would no longer return to the squatters area.
Duterte, however, warned that should he become President, people must follow the law.
“Kapag sinabi ni Duterte na hindi puede yan, dapat sumunod ka,” he said citing Davao City as an example of an area where people respect the rules and follow the law making it one of the safest cities of the world to live in.