“I will work to protect and preserve the nation”-Duterte

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DAVAO CITY (March 6) — He might not be the perfect President that everyone wanted to have, but President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to work hard to protect and preserve the country.

In his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally on Tuesday, March 5, in his vow to fight illegal drugs even if his critics will continue to hit him.

He emphasized, “My gift to you is that I will work. One, to preserve the nation; and two, to protect the people.”

He again warned the leaders and the people, “Droga…‘wag talaga kayong pumasok d’yan.”

“Basta ako mag-warning, hindi ko na ulitin. ‘Yung durugista pati na ‘yung on the side, mag-holdup kayo…ganun pati ‘yung durugista, bitawan ninyo ang droga ninyo. Hindi na ako mag-ulit. Bitawan ninyo…umalis kayo diyan,” Duterte added.

Duterte stated that illegal drugs are “destructive to the people and there are millions already contaminated.”

While talking to the people of Abra, President Duterte consistently admitted that his measures are unconventional compared to a traditional statesman, and Abra having a “conservative” culture might find his manner controversial. He, however, took the opportunity to introduce himself to them humbly as he seldom visits the province.

“I know that you are not familiar with me. And what you might probably hear is the constant criticism or attack on me about my mouth and about my behavior,” said the President.

Duterte ended his speech saying “If it’s just a matter of loving my country, hindi ninyo ako matalo. I am here to die for you.”-Editha Z. Caduaya/NewsLine.ph

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