By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar expressed confidence that the armed conflict in the Philippines will soon end because of the socioeconomic reforms instituted by President Duterte.
Andanar made the statement as he represented President Duterte at the Lions Clubs International 37th Anniversary and 38th Induction Ceremony Saturday in Parañaque City.
In his speech, Andanar mentioned that aside from Duterte’s landmark socioeconomic reforms, the President was also cleansing the bureaucracy of corruption to attain peace.
“The so-called Communist groups of the New People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) would soon enough be either exterminated or re-introduced into the body politic,” Andanar said.
“The past three years have progressed from dysfunctional lethargy towards a landscape of substantial successful changes. We are today an investment field in several areas of productive endeavors: expansive infrastructure, agriculture, technology, culture, tourism, exports, transport, services,” he added.
“A massive reformation and restructuring of our bureaucracy is an intensive work in progressive simultaneous phases within the offices and desks that are prone to corrupt practices,” he continued.
The Palace official also noted that the government’s projects in each region in the Philippines were being facilitated and closely monitored by Cabinet executives to ensure their effective, transparent, and swift delivery through the Cabinet Officers for Regional Development and Security (CORDS).
According to the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), CORDS operationalize the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
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Meanwhile, Andanar called on the Lions Clubs International to rally behind President Duterte, especially in his war against the illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality.
“He (President Duterte) urged you during his inaugural and urges you again today to join this crusade. Rally behind the President’s battle cry, become a formidable assurance for our people who need to be protected against these pernicious evils,” he said.
“This is a commitment every true-blooded lion must make for the organization, the country, and the people. It begins and continues as a call and a creed that demands fortitude,” he added.
Meanwhile, Andanar also boasted of the country’s foreign policy, saying that the Philippines continues to honor long-standing relations even as it remains open to establishing new ones.
“Our foreign relations have reached the level of true independence with the hands of our diplomacy holding on to time-honored and newly-honored foreign partners, with confidence, trust and beneficial relations in trade, commerce, and industry,” he said.
He also noted that the general environment of peace is being maintained with comfortable success.