DAVAO CITY Mayor Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the offer of President Benigno Aquino for him to chair once more the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Davao.
The RPOC plays a vital role in maintaining the peace and order situation in every region of the country.
The RPOC is a coordinating body, there’s indeed a necessity to conduct regular meetings to keep members abreast of the prevailing condition, thresh out issues and concern affecting peace and order of the area of jurisdiction and to come up with a collective decision.
Duterte said he learned the offer after Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas contacted him in the morning.
"I am not supposed to divulge it. Siguro nakita nila ito [the issue about Talaingod evacuees] sa newspapers, or siguro somebody told them that I will have a dialogue with the evacuees, I don't know... He (Roxas) asked me, how's it going (with the Talaingod evacuees)?" Duterte said.
"I said kakausapin ko pa lang sila. And he (Roxas) told me na hanap lang kayo ng solution diyan, and I said we will...that's when he told me that the president would like me to chair the Regional Peace and Order Council, while Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario will head the Regional Development Council," he said.
Del Rosario, on the other hand, said he would be glad working with the Davao City mayor for peace and order council.
Duterte said he did not accept the offer of the president but as a government official, it is his responsibility to entertain, hear and address the concerns of the public. He added that the government officials are paid to do their duties.
"Hindi ko tinanggap but I cannot refuse the offer of the president. I am just a follower also. Kung ano ang utos ng presidente, sundin natin. If I should go there to solve problems, let us go there to solve problems. Dati na naman ako diyan. I've been the chairman of the peace and order council for several years," Duterte said.
When asked about when he will start as RPOC chairman, Duterte said he has yet to wait for the final mandate of the president.