Duterte Delivers First Speech as President

President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his conviction to fight corruption, criminality and illegal drugs during his inaugural speech in Malacanang.

He acknowledged that some of his methods are seen as unorthodox, yet he guaranteed that his moves will be legal and that he will uphold the rule of law.

Duterte’s first orders to his cabinet members were to ease the requirements in securing government permits and to avoid changing rules for government contracts that have been approved.

He also expressed satisfaction over the initial talks between his appointed peace negotiators and the communist leaders.

Duterte told the international community that his administration will honor treaties and obligations.

He also offered his condolences to the people of Turkey following the terror attack in Istanbul.

The new president’s speech lasted for about 15 minutes.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes administered Duterte’s oath as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Here are portions of Duterte’s inaugural speech:

“No leader can succeed without the support of the people.”

“I am here because I love my country and the people of the Philippines.”

“I am ready to start my work for the people.”

“We must listen to the murmurs of the people and supply their needs.”

“We must fortify the people’s trust and faith in government.”

“Ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit.”

“The fight against criminality will be relentless and it will be sustained.”

“I know what is legal and what is not.”

“My adherence to the rule of law is uncompromising.”

“You mind your own work and I will mind mine.”

“Change, if it is to be permanent, must start with us and in us.”

 “I ask everyone to join me for a better and brighter tomorrow.”





Topics: President Duterte Inauguration Speech Malacanang
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