Duterte: No prison term for soldiers, police carrying out duty

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Duterte speaking before the Army's 3rd Infantry Division on Friday afternoon.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo continued with his military-camp hopping on Friday, speaking before troops at Camp Peralta in Capiz in the afternoon and at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command in Cebu City in the evening.

As what he did with his previous speeches before soldiers, Duterte repeated his guarantee that he would be fully behind the men in uniform.

"Lahat ng kailangan nyo to fight the enemies of the state to be on the advantage sa equipment, may plano kaming ibigay... We'll acquire so many things," he said.

[Translation: "We have plans to give you everything you need to fight the enemies of the state,"]

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The President said he wouldn't want his military at a disadvantage on the battlefield and he would not send them to a fight that would lead to a considerable loss to government forces.

He also told the troops that they now had a new hospital, complete with amenities "like a hotel."

"Tsaka may magsilbi sa inyo maganda mga babae, naka-shorts," he said in jest to the delight of the audience.

[Translation: "Those who will attend to your needs will be pretty women, wearing shorts."]

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On a more serious note, Duterte advised those injured and could no longer go back in the field to improve their English speaking skills so that he could find another job for them — as call center agents.

The President also promised that their children's education would no longer be their problem. He said he would provide free schooling from kindergarten to high school. For deserving students, college scholarships will be available to them.

The former Davao City mayor said the military might not be too familiar with him, but he said police could vouch for him that he would live up to his promise.

"Tanong nyo yung mga pulis. There was never a time na iniwan ko yang pulis."

[Translation: "Ask the policemen, never have I abandoned them."]

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Duterte went as far as saying that those who would do their job had nothing to worry about ending up behind bars.

"I will see to it that nobody goes to prison just exactly for doing your duty. Kasi kung magkamali sila, pardon. The President can grant pardon — absolute or conditional."

[Translation: "Should you commit lapses while performing your duty, you will not go to prison. I will grant you pardon."]

He also said that he would also not end up in jail, since he had immunity as President — aside from the fact that he was already 71 years old. Citing the Revised Penal Code, Duterte said once a person reaches the age of 70, he or she should be freed from prison.

Meanwhile, the President — who is known for his iron stance against drugs — also warned that the next major problem that the country would face "in the next five to 10 years" would be terrorism.