President Rodrigo Duterte has promised injured soldiers to help them find new employment. In his speech at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command in Cebu on Friday, President Duterte assured soldiers of government’s continued support. He also vowed to help injured soldiers by providing necessary training to enable them to find new jobs. “Iyong isa tinamaan sa mata talagang nabulag, sabi ko, nag-iyak siya: ‘Do not worry. I will take care of you. Paaralin kita ng braille and then bigyan kita ng bagong parang natural eye. And then I’d look for work for you. Iyong sa call centers. Sabi ko, ‘Bata, you are still young. There is future. Ako ang bahala sa iyo,” he said. Duterte also advised those who are in wheelchair to improve their communication skills so they could apply for call center jobs. “Iyon namang nakaupo na, I gave them computers. Sabi ko, ‘Mag-enrol kayong lahat sa AB. You go back to AB. And then you polish your diction and whatever the—because iyon computer. At ‘pag nasanay na kayo, mag-aral kayo ng voice and diction and grammar ninyo, that’s about three years, two years, ipasok ko kayo sa call centers,” he said. Last week, President Duterte visited wounded soldiers undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at the AFP Medical Center in Quezon City. During his visit at the hospital, Duterte met Lieutenant Jerome Jacuba, the 28-year-old soldier who lost his eyesight in clearing operations in Maguindanao last March. “Sabi ko, ‘I will take care of him sa six years. I will reinvent you as a human being. Huwag kang mag-alala minus the eyes, I will reinvent you so that you will succeed,” Duterte said. “Ang unang gawin natin diyan marami man ring buta [bulag] na babae, ipakilala mo sila para may inspirasyon. I am not trying to—walang binastos —iyong parang may-warm sila na… Kung may asawa pero parang binata iyon eh. Somebody to take care of them. Desperation kasi para siyang desperado na kaya nga umiyak eh. And then ang sabi ko, ‘Okay lang. Do not worry, we will reinvent you, parang bagong tao.’ And everything is not lost,” the president added.
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