FULL TEXT: President Rodrigo Duterte Inaugural Speech

FULL TEXT: President Rodrigo Duterte Inaugural Speech

Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace

President Fidel Ramos, sir, salamat po sa tulong mo making me President; President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Senate President Franklin Drilon and the members of the Senate; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and the members of the House of Representatives; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; His Excellency Guiseppe Pinto and the members of the Diplomatic Corps; incoming members of the Cabinet; fellow workers in government; my fellow countrymen.

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.

It is the people from whom democratic governments draw strength and this administration is no exception. That is why we 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.

There are many amongst us who advance the assessment that the problems that bedevil our country today which need to be addressed with urgency, are corruption, both in the high and low echelons of government, criminality in the streets, and the rampant sale of illegal drugs in all strata of Philippine society and the breakdown of law and order.

True, but not absolutely so. For I see these ills as mere symptoms of a virulent social disease that creeps and cuts into the moral fiber of Philippine society. I sense a problem deeper and more serious than any of those mentioned or all of them put together. But of course, it is not to say that we will ignore them because they have to be stopped by all means that the law allows.

Erosion of faith and trust in government – that is the real problem that confronts us. Resulting therefrom, I see the erosion of the people’s trust in our country’s leaders; the erosion of faith in our judicial system; the erosion of confidence in the capacity of our public servants to make the people’s lives better, safer and healthier.

Indeed ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit. But all is not lost.

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. In response let me say this:

I have seen how corruption bled the government of funds, which were allocated for the use in uplifting the poor from the mire that they are in.

I have seen how illegal drugs destroyed individuals and ruined family relationships.

I have seen how criminality, by means all foul, snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting, the years and years of accumulated savings. Years of toil and then, suddenly, they are back to where they started.

Look at this from that perspective and tell me that I am wrong.

In this fight, I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and all 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.

As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not.

My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising. You mind your work and I will mind mine.

“Malasakit;” “Tunay na Pagbabago; Tinud-anay (real) nga Kausaban (change)” – these are words which catapulted me to the presidency. These slogans were conceptualized not for the sole purpose of securing the votes of the electorate. “Tinud-anay nga kabag-uhan (real change). Mao kana ang tumong sa atong pang-gobyerno (this is the direction of our government).”

Far from that. These were battle cries articulated by me in behalf of the people hungry for genuine and meaningful change. But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us.
To borrow the language of F. Sionil Jose, we have become our own worst enemies. And we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves.

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. There are two quotations from revered figures that shall serve as the foundation upon which this administration shall be built.

“The test of government is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

And from (Abraham) Lincoln I draw this expression:
“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; You cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich; You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; You cannot further the brotherhood by inciting class hatred among men.”

My economic and financial, political policies are contained in those quotations, though couched in general terms. Read between the lines. I need not go into specifics now. They shall be supplied to you in due time.

However, there are certain policies and specifics of which cannot wait for tomorrow to be announced.

Therefore, I direct all department secretaries and the heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, from the submission to the release. I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to remove redundant requirements and compliance with one department or agency, shall be accepted as sufficient for all.

I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to refrain from changing and bending the rules government contracts, transactions and projects already approved and awaiting implementation. Changing the rules when the game is on-going is wrong.

I abhor secrecy and instead advocate transparency in all government contracts, projects and business transactions from submission of proposals to negotiation to perfection and finally, to consummation.

Do them and we will work together. Do not do them, we will part sooner than later.

On the international front and community of nations, let me reiterate that the Republic of the Philippines will honor treaties and international obligations.

On the domestic front, my administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal reforms.

I am elated by the expression of unity among our Moro brothers and leaders, and the response of everyone else to my call for peace.

I look forward to the participation of all other stakeholders, particularly our indigenous peoples, to ensure inclusivity in the peace process.

Let me remind in the end of this talk, that I was elected to the presidency to serve the entire country. I was not elected to serve the interests of any one person or any group or any one class. I serve everyone and not only one.

That is why I have adapted as an article of faith, the following lines written by someone whose name I could no longer recall. He said:

“I have no friends to serve, I have no enemies to harm.”
Prescinding therefrom, I now ask everyone, and I mean everyone, to join me as we embark on this crusade for a better and brighter tomorrow.

But before I end, let me express the nations, on behalf of the people, our condolences to the Republic of Turkey of what has happened in the place. We offer our deepest condolences.
Why am I here? Hindi kasali ito diyan.

The past tense was, I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation.

Thank you and good afternoon.


  1. Iyan po ang ating pres. Rodrigo duterte

  2. Proud ako na ibinuto ko si presidente Duterte..i salute you sir..god bless you and protect you anywhere..

  3. #president( RD)… Rodrigo duterte!! A man in my dream!!!

  4. Sana po sir matupad lahat ng pinangako nyo and umayos na lahat ng sektor ng hobyerno at ng ginhawa naman ang pilipinas

  5. HUMUHUGOT KAY FIDEL RAMOS. walang originality

  6. We pray thatvGod will give you more strenght and more power to heal our nation

  7. Totoong tao.kya ibinoto ko yan.be proud

  8. Mungkahi din po upang lalong mapaganda ang buhay ng mas nakakaraming mahihirap buhayin ni Mr President yung KADIWA naginawa dati ni President Marcos dapat sa bawAt district o brgy may outlet upang may mabilijan ngmurang pagkain ang mahijirap panlaban nRin sa higanteng may ari ng hroceries at makakalikha rin mg tranaho sa walang trabaho. Maraming salamat po.

  9. Ok yan…”I have NO FRIENDS to serve, I have NO ENEMIES to harm!” Good for the country, if IMPLEMENTED & TRUE to his heart!

    • No friends to serve? what about the marcoses arroyos and joma sison? no enemies to harm? he is very vocal not to give any cabinet position to robredo so as not to hurt his friend bongbong, he treated robredo an enemy simply because she’s a liberal and running mate of roxas and he is hurting her! does it make sense? iba ang sinasabi sa ginagawa!!!

    • Kaya nga lagi kong inuulit-ulit sinasabi ni PDu30. Kasi, hanggang salita lang siya, pero iba naman aksiyon niya! Veey obvious, di ba?

  10. I love my president tatay digong

  11. Talk and deliver! huwag pabago bago ng isip!

  12. Youre serving bongbong and the npa… Great…

  13. Mr. President is it possible for Walmart and K- mart to invest in our country?

  14. Napakasimple ng inaugural speech. Walang palabok, direct to the point. D tulad ng iba, na sa sobrang haba wala na akong maalala.

  15. Yan ang dapat maging isang speech ng isang mamumuno may laman at malasakit sa kanyang sinasakupan. At hindi naninisi at hindi nagbibitaw ng pangako basta. At walang kadramahan…..

  16. I been waiting for this kind of speech! !at last naa na gyud President mag speech naay most specially the goes with it….. Action agad. ..!!!

  17. Brief and meaningfull,,,walang palabok na magpapasagasa sa tren

  18. You’re the man Mr President!!

  19. Merun ako nakausap na missionary amerikana she ask why do you think Duterte won foe president? I answered because people want a change for this country, she replied NO because duterte is converted to christian.

  20. That’s My President!!! Hindi nasayang ang boto namin… This is Our Country Philippines… Our President and the New Administration will do their part… i will do my part as a Pilipino and Praying that every Pilipinos will do their parts… MABUHAY TAYONG LAHAT.

  21. Unahin mo yung mga troll n ayw ng psgkaka isa para maubos n sila

  22. Crystal clear. Direct to the point. No drama. With depth. Sincere. —-> Great speech!

  23. one of d best speeches ever!.

  24. Palagay ko iba si digong kay makoy masyadong malayo sa adm.ni makoy mga tauhan nya abusado kay digong mga tao nya nd magnanakaw at nd abusado.

  25. Naging tiger economy ang pinas ng panahon ni Ramos, he’s trusthworthy

  26. You are very much right MR President. Thank you po! Kasi para di kayo inaangkin ng mga haterz, at para po magkaron higit sa lahat ng unity, instead of division. A good foundation is peace and unity among your people.

  27. Eradicate also the manipulators, cheaters

  28. Wow!!!… That’s my idol.

  29. Wait and see 3 to 6 months erradicate drug lords and criminals..

  30. Direct to d point kung anu nasa isip sinasabi sana po sir pres tuparin nyo po pangako nyo dahil sawa na mga pinoy sa opm,pero dama ko naman na sincere kau,GOD bless u po sir

  31. down to earth….walang pagkukunwari. God bless u pres. digong

  32. Wow! Just read the full inaugural speech of our belved Prez. Piercing the heart and soul…u hit all points Sir!!! We continue to support and pray for you..

  33. yan tunay nd puro dakdak mahaba nga ang speech m puro bola nman.

  34. Tama ka super gaping niya magspeech walang kudego galing lahat sa puso niya Ang kanyang mga sinabi.

  35. Pls huwag ilagay ang Dios sa blood bath……

  36. God bless you sir. You are supported with our daily prayers. God is using you to bring true change to the entire nation of the Philippines. May the Holy Spirit fill you and your cabinet with Godly wisdom. May you be covered always with His hedge of protection…in JESUS mighty name. Amen. ps: Kitty is so cute.

  37. Tatay digong umpisahan muna ang paglilinis sa pinas

  38. oo tama ka wala clang kodeko taos puso ang kanilang cinasabi

  39. Preho tlga cla ni Marcos hnd nagbabasa ng ssbihin galing s puso

    • Maganda ang president natin ngaun, pero wag mo sabihin na ndi binabasa ang sinasabi, halata sa mata, at wala namang masama kung binabasa, syempre baka may Nalimutan, ok lang

  40. yan ang presidente natin.makatao at makabayan!higit sa lahat mapag kakatiwalan ng taong bayan!mabuhay po kayo mahal namin presidente duterte.mabuhay ang bagong lipunan!

  41. Work Mode na,,,,,,,.,,, careful guys,,,,,He”s not making a joke,,,, better STOP ur ur evil ways,,,,..

  42. mabuhay ang dds!..mabuhay ang ating pangulo!

  43. Vic are you sure he is not using teleprompter? Only Ferdie could do this but the rest of the presidents relied on their speechwriter. If he did his address instantly then we are proud as filipinos for this will be his assets in dealing with international communities.

    • I guess my pres. Used teleprompter but in the turn overs of the change of command sa crame at aguinaldo it is really direct from his heart though may scribbled notes xa cguro list da mga taong i recognized

    • Why overhyped naman yang mr.ferdie mo. Haiz. Hindi mababase sa ganda ng pananalita ang #talino ng tao, dapat samahan mo ito ng #puso at #gawa. 🙂
      tignan mo nalang ang mga karamihang nailoklok sa gobyerno, halos sila matatalino in #sound#englishspeaking? Aww. . .

  44. Amazing…. naalala ko PFM… walang kodigo galing sa puso ang salita… hindi scripted walang binabasa kaya walang mali at di nasasamid… GoGoGo…. PDu30!!!Mabuhay!!!

  45. d ako mahilig makialam sa iba ,pero naniniwala ako sa magagawa mo

  46. It was a genuine speech address to filipinos who in reality never felt love n care from the recent admin.His first service he rendered was when he visited places wiyh most number of hungry families.Ngpakain tpos namigay ng mga bagay2 na pangunahin kailagan ng mga tao.Sya lng tangin gumawa yan.Unti unti nyang pinadama sa mha mahihirap at sa lht ang “Real change “nyang advocacy.tnx Pres Duterte

  47. Napakaganda ng inaugural speech ni Pres.DU30 malawak ang nilalaman at mababakas ang kaseryosohan sa ginagawang tunay na pagbabago.MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS.MABUHAY KA PRES.DU30 god bless u


  49. Tinupad nya ung isang sinabi nya noon na mag start sya mag work sa malacanang at 12pm, kaya hinintay na mag 12pm tlga kanina bago nag start.

  50. Galing talaga ni Pres.Duterte…sobra exited ko knina…naalala ko tuloy Pres.Marcos, ngaun lang ulit me gumusto ng umupong presidente n ex Pres.Estrada,clang 3 lng,hinangaan ko kc strong leader cla!!!

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