Pres. Duterte grants grade-schooler’s greeting request

President Rodrigo R. Duterte greeting 11-year old Andre fromCalifornia.-Screengrabbed photo from the video of OSAP Christopher Bong Go

In a handwritten letter dated Oct. 25, 11-year-old Andre Gabriel Custodio Esteban, who resides in Fresno, California, USA and student of the Fresno Adventist Academy, asked the Philippine leader for a video clip for a school report.

Hello, Andre. Your letter reached the President and he gladly agreed to your request. Rest assured that PRRD is working hard to build a brighter future for children like you. We also hope to meet you in person here in the Philippines soon. We are confident that you will do great in your report. Hope this helps. God bless you, Andre.

Posted by Christopher Bong Go on Friday, October 27, 2017

On Oct. 28, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go posted a 48-second clip showing the President saying “Hello,” to Mrs. Ricchiuti, Andre’s teacher, and giving the Pinoy child a heartwarming advice.

“Good day, I would like to say hello to Mrs. Ricchiuti, and the students in Fresno Adventist Academy, in California, USA, especially to you Andre,” Duterte said in the video.

“Andre, I received your letter request and I am most happy to oblige. I am sure that you will do a great report about our beloved country, the Philippines,” he added. “Continue being a good son and study well, and may God bless you and your family and all of us in this planet Earth.”

Andre, in his letter, explained that he will be presenting a Nationality Report on the Philippines on November 15.

“I am a proud Filipino and I really like you as our president and I wish to meet you someday,” he wrote. “I know that you are very busy because you are a very hard-working president… but can I ask you a special favor? Can you please send me a short video clip of you saying hello to my teacher, Mrs. Ricchiuti, my classmates, and I? Maraming maraming salamat po! (Many thanks to you, sir.)” (PNA)