President Rodrigo Duterte
MYANMAR — President Rodrigo Duterte arrived before sunset in Pyi Taw, Myanmar for his official visit in the country.
After being welcomed by several Myanmar officials, the President headed straight to Horizon Lake View to visit the more than 200 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in a Filipino community meeting.
Most of the OFWs are from Yangon, a five-hour trip from the venue, to see President Duterte personally.
In a public speech, the Chief Executive once again emphasized his administration’s priority which is fighting corruption, illegal drugs and criminality.
The president also mentioned the known critics of his administration.
“Mga kalaban ko…itong si Leni, apurado masyado maging president (My opponents…Leni [Robredo] is in a hurry to become president) he said.
“Tapos ito sila ni [Antonio] Trillanes, you know he was the one na nag-mutiny…nakita ninyo naman ang behavior, pareho kay De Lima (And there’s Trillanes, you know he was the one who raised a mutiny…you’ve seen his behavior, the same with De Lima).”
“Ang sabihin niya [De Lima], political prisoner daw siya (She claims to be a political prisoner); since when? Since when ako nagpakulong ng oposisyon dyan (Since when have I sent someone from the opposition to prison)? It was the secretary of justice herself, running, trafficking drugs.”
The President did not miss the opportunity to lash out at the European Union (EU) – another vocal critic of the government’s anti-drug war.
President Duterte is not alarmed by EU’s threats to cut its aid and trade agreement with the Philippines.
“Do not impose your culture or your belief in what would be a government in this planet. Do not impose on other countries especially us,” he said.
Ito paborito nila itong mga (They like picking on) ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries because there is death penalty in Indonesia, Malaysia. I’m trying to revive it…as if the other countries of EU, walang death penalty (don’t have death penalty). Why are you trying to impose on us? Why don’t you mind your own business?”
Meanwhile, President Duterte has thanked the Myanmar government for accommodating the Filipinos working in their country.
Most OFWs in Myanmar are teachers, lawyers, engineers and humanitarian workers.
Philippine ambassador to Myanmar Alex Chua said that during the last elections, more than 50 percent of the total number of registered Filipino voters voted for President Duterte. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue