PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte sees God’s hand in his ascendancy to the highest post of the land.
In his speech before officials of the Parish Pastoral Council For Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Duterte said that he has no claims to greatness. He said he never excelled in school while his friends and classmates received the highest honors, but, he added: “Destiny is God-given.”
The reluctant presidential candidate said God must have willed him to win in the May 9 elections.
Duterte told his audience at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang that he refused to accept campaign contributions from individuals or corporations that had vested interests.
“I owe no one, serve no vested interest but I do owe a debt of gratitude to the Filipino people,” the President said.
After earning the trust and confidence of more than 16 million voters in the last elections in which he reluctantly ran, Duterte said he felt he had a solemn obligation to help his countrymen.
The President also stressed the importance of the mother and father in the family structure.
He believes that the absence of either greatly affects the emotional, social and psychological development of a child and often drives young individuals to try drugs.
President Duterte pointed out the need to win the war against illegal drugs and the apparent destruction it inflicts on the family and the country as a whole.
While police operations have yielded only the syndicate “lieutenants” and small-time dealers, the President described these individuals as the “apparatus” by which the big-time drug lords operate their illegal business and are therefore equally important in ending the drug menace.
“It is a war and not a crisis. Poverty is not an excuse. I need to destroy the apparatus to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs,” he said.
Later, the PPCRV threw its full support behind President Duterte and prayed for his success in fulfilling the Filipino dream of real change, an end to corruption, and lasting peace.
A multi-sectoral election watchdog group, the PPCRV also praised the President’s efforts to maintain peace and order in the country and to address other pressing needs like education, food security, and the peace process.
PPCRV National Chair Ambassador Henrietta de Villa led leaders in calling on President Duterte to end the corrupt practice of vote-buying and vote-selling during elections which threaten to erode the sanctity of democracy, and to continue the legacy of good governance that the President has set as an example.