“As president, I am reiterating my unwavering support and commitment to the soldiers of our Armed Forces and the members of our police force, those who are on the ground and in the battlefields and those who are risking their lives for our country and our democracy. I have your backs,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017 at the Batasang Pambansa during a joint session of Senate and House of Representatives.
He said the military and police are the silent heroes who risk their lives everyday for our country‘s security. He added that the government will take care of them “should they meet harm in the performance of their duty.”
“For the family left behind by those who fell or are rendered totally disabled in the line of duty, we shall provide shelter, health care assistance, education, and employment,” he added.
“To decisively address insurgency and terrorism, we are working doubly hard towards a stronger and more credible national defense system for the country. We continue to strengthen the defense capability of the AFP as a deterrence against terrorists, lawless elements, and other threats,” he said.
The President reiterated his intent to strengthen the country’s defense in a press conference after the SONA.
“You can expect after two years a very strong Armed Forces. I will buy all the equipment,” he said.