Duterte to meet with NDF on Paquibato plantation

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Friday, June 13, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to meet with the leaders of the National Democratic Front (NDF) to discuss the proposal of a foreign company to establish a 100-hectare palm oil plantation in Paquibato area.

He said he will relay his message to the NDF on Monday, June 16, in Manila regarding the proposed investment, which he visions to produce sustainable income and development in Paquibato.

Alongside the request, Duterte said he will convey the message of peace to NDF leaders.

Aside from him, the NDF leaders also want to meet 1BAP partylist representative Silvestre Hernando "Bebot" Bello III.

Duterte on Thursday told Paquibato residents regarding the proposal of the foreign investor.

"Ug musugot ang NPA ana akong sirad-an ang Paquibato. Aron ang tao may kwarta may trabaho. Dili mi manghilabot ana. Mao ra akong gipangayo (Once the NPA will agree, I will close Paquibato so that only residents here will benefit, get jobs, earn a living)," he said during his speech after the unveiling of the peace monument in Paquibato Proper.

"Tagoi lang inyong armas, mga NPA, magstorya ta ug langyaw. Wala ko miingon mu-surrender mo. Pag storya mo sa mga tao nga musulod nga naay kwarta. Ayaw lang pud mo anang taxation (Keep your firearms. I’m not saying you will surrender, just sit down with inventors, but refrain from exacting revolutionary taxes)," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 14, 2014.

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