Duterte reveals platform of government

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The Duterte-Cayetano tandem was in Cebu City on Thursday, January 7.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano were set to lay down their platform of government in a forum on Thursday (January 7) at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City.

In a press conference prior to the event, Duterte revealed some plans he had once elected as president. He said that his administration would be "left leaning" and he has a socialist principle.

Duterte said that he would push for an end to the insurgency problem with communist rebels, having direct contacts with the NPA-NDF leaders such as Joma Sison.

Duterte also said that he was against contractualization of laborers and would push for reforms in the income tax law which will cover more exemptions such as for those earning below P20,000 a month.

The Davao chief executive also said that he would not declare martial law — unlike the "doomsday" scenario painted by his opponents.

"But I tell criminals not to push me to go the extreme," Duterte warned.

Duterte also specifically said that he would end the problem of illegal drugs in just three to six months into his administration.

Organizers and supporters of Duterte said that it would be the first time for the tandem to lay down their platform of government.

Cebu City-based correspondent Dale Israel contributed to this report.