Duterte wants to acquire land for informal settlers in Metro Manila

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 03 2019 06:15 AM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he is open to acquiring undeveloped lands in Metro Manila to build houses for informal settlers.

“Dito na naman ako sa urban land reform. Pinakamatindi dito sa Maynila. Ngayon kung may mahanap kayo na lupa na medyo malaki at wala pang development, sabihin ninyo sa akin. Kasi i-expropriate ko ‘yan, pilit bilihin ko ‘yan sa may-ari at gagawa tayo ng ating mga bahay,” Duterte said in a speech at the PDP-Laban rally in Malabon City.

“Hindi ko naman pera. Pera ng gobyerno ang gamitin ko. Hindi ako magyayabang. All you have to do is to find out if there is enough land, ‘yang medyo malayo doon na ano. Then let us expropriate para to end your misery as a squatter,” he added.

Duterte also believes land reform is the key to addressing communist insurgency.

“Ang tao, lupa lang talaga ang kailangan. For as long as may marami pang walang lupa, tilling the land for generations, wala man silang makuha. Iyon. Kaya nagrerebelde,” he said.

But he also called on voters in Malabon to support administration candidates, so he can deliver on his promises in his remaining 3 years in office.

“Alam naman ninyo ang laro sa politika. ‘Pag may programa ako, kay lalo na kayo ‘yung walang lupa, hihingiin ko ‘yung authority pati ‘yung pera galing sa Kongreso. Kung wala akong senador diyan na akin, wala talagang pera na makuha ko pahirapan ‘yan eh,” Duterte said.