Duterte, Robredo call for unity during their inauguration

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Vice President Ma. Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo called for national unity as they took their oaths in separate ceremonies today. The newly anointed president emphasized the problems besetting the country today, namely corruption, criminality, rampant sale of illegal drugs, and an erosion of faith and trust in the government, in his inaugural address at the Malacañang Palace.

The first Mindanoan President gave his first order to streamline applications for national agencies, promised to disclose the details of his economic and political policies in due time, and called for change and national unity in his speech.

“That change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us,” he added.

“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.

Duterte added that if change was to be permanent and significant, it must start within the Filipinos.

Meanwhile, Bicolana Vice President Leni Robredo declared that she’ll focus her attention on those living in the fringes, or ‘laylayan,’ of Filipino society in her first 100 days of work.

“Ang tanging paraan lamang upang matupad ang hangaring ito para sa ating bansa, ay ang sama-samang pagkilos,” she said.

She invoked the memory of her late husband, Jesse Robredo, and uttered his call for national unity, saying “What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful than what pulls us apart.”

Written by Carla Molina