Legarda Expresses Support for Duterte Administration

June 30, 2016

Senator Loren Legarda expressed her full support to President Rodrigo Duterte as he was officially sworn in today as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Legarda said she acknowledges the issues that the President raised in his inaugural speech, such as the need to restore people’s faith and trust in government, and vowed to work with the administration to address these matters.

“President Duterte hit the nail right on the head. I agree with all that he said especially to cut bureaucracy and remove redundancy because the role of government is to uplift the people, not to burden them. I will fully support him as he has a huge mandate and the political will to get things done,” she said.

Legarda also said that she agrees with President Duterte when he said that for change to be permanent and significant, it must start with each and every citizen.

She also hailed the President’s pronouncement on inclusivity to ensure that the Moros and indigenous peoples are part of the peace process and overall development of the country.

“We can see the sincerity in the President’s words, the singlemindedness of a true leader, the political will to bring a government that truly serves the people with passion, vision, and compassion. I am very optimistic that we can fully push for inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth under the new administration as the President himself embraces these concepts and reaches out to all sectors of society,” Legarda concluded.