Aquino says basic solution to peace and order problem is to achieve freedom from hunger

November 4, 2011 10:02 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 4 — President Benigno S. Aquino III said that the basic solution for the peace and order problem in the country, especially in Mindanao, is to achieve freedom from hunger as he vowed to push for economic reforms that will empower every Filipino to enjoy a better standard of living.

In an interview during the Youtube World View series at the Presidential Broadcast Studio of Malacanang Palace on Friday, President Aquino said that the people could expect more opportunities from the government that could effectively lead to inclusive growth for everyone.

“The solution for the rebellion and the secessionist movement, and even the issues of ordinary crime has to deal with achieving the first freedom, which is freedom from hunger,” the President said.

“So more opportunities for everybody, more inclusive growth, will see a natural lessening of the issues with regards to peace and order…” he added.

When asked on the Aquino administration’s priorities between the peace and order situation in Mindanao and the disputed Spratly Islands, President Aquino said that the government is bent on pursuing efforts that would benefit the Filipino soldiers and police.

“Embarking on a campaign for external defense, especially relative to the potential threats from countries in our region, is an unproductive way of utilizing the resources that we have…” the President said.

“One of the programs that I am really keen about is the housing program for members of our uniformed services… the first phase… the first twenty thousand units will be turned over to the beneficiaries by the middle of January,” the President said.

Aside from the housing program, the Chief Executive also bared the plans to refurbish the existing, and acquire more equipment, to beef up the defense capabilities of the military and the national police force.

Such acquisitions in the offing include aircraft, helicopters and combat vessels like that of the Philippine Navy’s Hamilton class cutter, commissioned as BRP Gregorio del Pilar that was acquired from the United States Coast Guard recently.

Youtube World View Interview series, which was moderated by Director Ross LaJeunesse, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific at Google, is a monthly series featuring top leaders from around the globe answering questions submitted and rated by Youtube users.

Some of the notable guests that were featured this year include United States of America President Barrack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

President Aquino is the first Asian leader to be featured on the series, produced by Youtube's parent company Google Inc. (PNA)

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