- President Duterte has asked the congress and CHR to allow him to do his job
- Duterte also challenged other government agencies to not get in the way of effective governance
- Duterte urged the Filipino nation to join him in his battle for meaningful change
President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the congress and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to allow him to exercise his mandate as the newly-elected president and not to get in the way of effective governance during his inaugural speech.
“I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and the others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained,” the newly elected President said.
The former Davao City mayor who is also a lawyer and a former prosecutor stressed out that he is fully aware of the limits of his powers and authority as the highest ranking government official.
“I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal.” Duterte said in response to his critics. “My adherence to the due process and the rule of law is uncompromising. You mind your work and I will mind mine”, he added.
Duterte also urged other government agencies not to get in the way of effective governance emphasizing that the government should prioritize the needs of the Filipino people.
“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,” Duterte added.
Duterte further stressed the need for the government to listen to the grievances and concerns of the people. He said that it is the people from whom democratic governments draw strength and that his administration is no exception. To him, that is the reason why the government will have to listen to the murmurings of the people, feel their pulse, supply their needs and fortify their faith and trust in us whom they elected to public office.
In the end, he urged the Filipino nation to join him in pushing for meaningful reforms and combat the ills that the country is facing.
“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,” the president said. -MR, Kami Media