President Rodrigo Duterte encouraged the public, especially the public official to begin the change in themselves.
Though given less emphasis, President Duterte quipped few lines in his inaugural speech that urged the public to join him in the quest for the real change.
At the beginning of his declamation, he said the success of a leader to lead the people of his country lies in the active participation and cooperation of his constituents to pursue real change.
“No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve,” he said.
He said the people had lost their trust to the government because of the nation’s problems such criminality and corruption and it is high-time that the public officials exert efforts to restore it.
“Indeed ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit. But all is not lost…But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us,” he said.
“Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines. The ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same. Together, shoulder to shoulder, let us take the first wobbly steps in this quest,” he added.
The peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will be reopened in July. With this, he expects the positive responses of the Moro and the indigenous people to make the peace initiatives wholistic.
“I look forward to the participation of all other stakeholders, particularly our indigenous peoples, to ensure inclusiveness of the peace process,” said Duterte.
Towards the end of his speech, he said: I now ask everyone, and I mean everyone, to join me as we embark on this crusade for a better and brighter tomorrow.
He also gave initial orders to the departments such as hastening government transactions and implement transparency among others.
Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, stressed about unity.
In her speech after her oath-taking that took place on the same day but earlier than President Duterte, she said working side by side with the government is crucial in fulfilling their mission as leaders.
“The only way for all of us to realize our vision for our nation is to work together,” said Robredo.
Whatever change we want to see in our nation must begin within ourselves. And when we do that together, nothing is impossible,” she added.
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM’s Facebook page: Pres. Duterte, VP Robredo promote change in self, unity, July 1, 2016