PRRD: No relocation, no demolition

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he will not allow the demolition of informal settlers’ dwellings if there is no available relocation site like what he did in Davao City.

“During my time there will be no demolition pag walang relocation, ‘di ako papayag,” the President said in a speech in Malacanang on Sunday during the fellowship dinner of San Beda College of Law alumni batches 1971 and 1972.

“Kasi kung walang mapuntahan, sirain mo ang bahay… ano parang aso? Eh saan pupunta yung mga tao?” he asked.

The President said he would be very generous especially to the poor as he vowed to raise funds to ensure their welfare.

“Yung lahat na gusto nating gamitin, we will look for a suitable relocation and that is what itong mga bagong papasok, you have to build new industries,” he said.

PRRD said his administration needs a lot of funds that could be used for anti-poverty programs and reforms.

He revealed that he has instructed Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay to be strict in collecting taxes.

The President also told BIR officials to strictly enforce laws on tax-free importation of goods by rich businessmen who have evaded the regulations by not paying correct taxes.

He also made a warning to those who are engaged in destructive businesses such as logging operations, which have destroyed large tracks of forest lands especially in Mindanao. PND