President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday vowed to put Masbate under land reform in a bid to counter the communist insurgency in the province.
In his speech in Dimasalang town in Masbate, the President directed Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones to pursue the implementation of land reform in Masbate.
“Is he here? Tell him to come here and look at Masbate, place it under land reform. I will pursue land reform in Masbate. Believe me. Just tell him, we already talked during the Cabinet meeting,” Duterte said during the ‘Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay’ event in Masbate on Wednesday evening.
“I will put Masbate in land reform. Believe it. With or without the communist, we can,” Duterte told locals, assuring them that the implementation of land reform in the province would push through even without the intervention of communist rebels.
He added that issues of land reform in the country would not be solved using armed struggle.
According to the President, he has been going around the country to distribute certificates of land ownership to agrarian reform beneficiaries.