I was here, I was here, I WAS HERE!
On the 28th day of September 2016, we had the prestigious moment to meet President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake. As a mere student, it was really a prestigious and inspiring moment to listen to the president’s speech being in the same room with him. I witnessed his humility, passion, and pure intention for the Philippines.
Here are parts of his speech which were too heartfelt enough they caused mixed emotions:
About the issue of him having a foul mouth.
Now there is another problem na mabigat talaga, I came here with prepared speech, eh basahin na lang ninyo ito, bigay ko sa inyo. I am not up to it really. I am not up to it, itong magbasa ng speech. It’s so boring and I cannot say things from the inside, the entrails of my emotions.
Minsan kasi sabi nila lalo na yung mga diplomatiko ‘Basahin mo na lang, kasi minsan nag puputang ina ka.’
I am really trying not to, alam ko bastos yan pero nadadala ako sa emosyon, kaya sabi niya ‘The Republic of the Philippines has the president with a foul mouth.’ Correct, sabihin ko, I am that president, they have a president who is not a statesman. Correct, nag- enroll ako ng college of law, di ako nag enroll ng college of statesman.
Wag daw ako magmura kasi masama daw pakinggan, eh putang ina problema mo yan.
About the issue of drugs.
I am the favorite weeping boy now of the Human Rights all over the world.
I have a serious problem in my country, I know that it will destroy my country, and if I will not, or if I fail to interdict this problem, I would have compromise the next generation of Filipinos.
If you destroy the youth and my country, I will kill you.
And I intent to kill more because I have to account for this 4 million (involved in drugs) I will not leave the presidency in shame.
Mas mabuti pang ako na lang ang makulong, patayin ko na lang lahat, simple.
I know that there are foreigners here, now take note of this, in my country, are you taking notes? In my country in the Philippines, it is never wrong, it is not a crime, it is not unlawful to threaten criminals, there is no law at all.
It is my country, if you have nothing else to do, do not F with me.
Kung hindi ako nag presidente hindi ninyo talaga malalaman ang totoo because even I myself when the reality was there when I became president, started to squeeze everybody then you saw the hundreds of thousands surrendering to the police, I was really horrified.
I am not a killer, but if you want me to be one, so be it.
When you go home (to the Philippines), there will be changes. There will be no more harassment in the immigration.
About the territorial issues.
I will not join any patrol in the China Sea.
Not because I am afraid, not because takot ako, anyway I have this ruling of the International arbitration court.
Our conflict with China is not really, it’s more of an imaginary thing, ibig kong sabihin we cannot go to war just because there is that award.
Either we go to war or we talk, hindi natin kaya ang China, sinasabi ko sa inyo, even with the help of America, so we talk.
There will always be a time to reckon the thing with. When that time comes sabihin ko sa China ito yung amin.
I am not ready to commit the soldiers of this country just to be massacred.
One thing that I admire about him is that he is so natural, to the point of not reading his prepared speech just to say what is really in his heart and mind. I admire him for not minding judgements and criticisms. I admire him for solely carrying the burden of the Philippines and fighting for the fractured generation. I admire him for penetrating stereotypes and norms. I admire his passion, humility, integrity, honesty, and love for his country. I admire his ‘fatherly’ image for our country the Philippines.
It was an honor meeting the president, and having the moment to hold his hand is prestigious enough, it will take a long time for me to move on. (Ang lambot, ang puti, at ang kinis ng kamay niya.)
I couldn’t say more about that day, it was really prestigious and I still can’t believe everything about it. We were welcomed in a classic hotel, Intercontinental Hanoi Westlake. They served delicious and mouth watering Vietnamese and Filipino cuisine. And also gave us a photo opportunity with President Duterte. We also had a groupie with Senator Peter Alan Cayetano (he took my phone, and he was the one who captured the groupie). We (Filipino students in Vietnam) were also featured in a news headline and my friend was interviewed by one of the reporters of News Channel Asia.
It was ironic and overwhelming at the same time having this opportunity of meeting the Filipino and International media press, a celebrity, a senator, cabinet secretaries and the president of my country out of my country. Did you get my point? It was ironic and overwhelming for a mere Filipino student to meet them here in Vietnam.
I thank God I am a Filipino.
There is still a dilemma involved that day, I will probably write about it next time.