Duterte: Muslims are lucky if I win as president

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During his campaign in Maguindanao, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte claims he is the only presidential candidate who has genuine concern for the welfare of the Moro and Mindanao.

Buluan, Maguindanao — "Kung manalo ako na presidente, swerte ang mga Muslim, swerte ang Mindanao."

[Translation: If I become president, Muslims and Mindanao are lucky.]

This was the promise of presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte before thousands of Muslims who gathered for his sortie on Saturday (April 9) in time for the town's 80th foundation anniversary.

Duterte said, unlike his rivals, he is the only presidential candidate who has the heart for the Moro and a clear peace and development agenda for Mindanao.

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"Let us fix Mindanao," he told a crowd that frequently interrupted his speech with shouts of "Allahu Akbar" or God is Great, the same crowd who waited for over 3 hours but never left.

Duterted said in order to fix Mindanao, the government needs a "configuration."

Duterte also promised to "correct the historical injustice committed against the Moro people."

He said the current unitary system of government has caused misery in Mindanao because it has allowed ruling politicians to control resources and the distribution of wealth.

"Itong gobyerno na unitary, inuubos ang pera natin," he said.

[Translation: This unitary government has been using up all our money.]

He cited how Mindanao continues to suffer from underdevelopment despite its rich natural resources.

"Ang mina? Inuubos lang ng mga tao ni (Mar) Roxas ang mina ng Mindanao. Sinisira nila ang Mindanao," Duterte said.

[Translation: Our mineral resources? The people of Roxas are sweeping off the mineral resources of Mindanao. They are destroying Mindanao.]

"Wala akong nakita na Moro na may malaking negosyo. Puro tayo mahirap," he added.

[Translation: I have not seen a Moro with a big business. We are all poor.]

He called on the public to help him.

"Nakikiusap ako, ayusin natin ito. Isang bayan lang tayo," he said.

[Translation: I am pleading with you, let us fix this. We belong to one nation.]

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Duterte also lamented the failure of the government to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

"Nangako sila ng BBL pero sinabi ko na, noon, pa na duda ako. Dumating ang panahon, walang BBL na lumabas. Napahiya tayo," he said.

[Translation: They promised to pass the BBL but I was doubtful. When the time came, no BBL was passed. They let us down.]

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Jong Mangudadatu, former mayor of Buluan, expressed admiration for Duterte.

"Kahit gaano kapagod si Mayor, andito siya. Ito ay para sa ating Bangsamoro," he said.

[Translation: No matter how tired he is, he is here. This is for our Bangsamoro.]

Jong is Maguindanao Gov. Eshmael Mangudadatu's brother who is supporting the Liberal Party (LP) slate of Manuel "Mar" Roxas II.