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Kampai! Duterte to free millions of Pinoys slaved by drugs, corruption during his 1st Vin D’ Honneur reception in Malacanang

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President Duterte hosted the traditional Vin D’ Honneur reception in Malacanan on Wednesday, attended by about 80 ambassadors at the Rizal Hall.

Duterte told the Diplomatic Corps that there will be no let up in the campaign against corruption and in his vow to destroy the apparatus of illegal drugs in the country.

“I vowed to address three basic evils that subjected my people, especially the poorest and the disenfranchised to the most unbearable burdens of slavery, or million of them to drugs, corruption, criminality and a revolution in the south,” he said.

Also present were Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Sen. Cynthia Villar and cabinet secretaries, as well as Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo.

“I say to you all now that sacred vow remains unchanged. I stay true to the mandate reposed on me,” he said.

Duterte vowed that “the administration will remain firm in its resolve to hold the corrupt accountable for their deeds. We will make criminals responsible for their actions and we will work very, very hard to finally break the apparatus of the illegal drugs trade.”

“Already, we have started the process of genuine reform to encourage more trade and investments, to intensify commercial activities, to ramp up investment and much-needed infrastructure, to increase revenues to make communities more resilient, and to improve basic social services,” he said.

Alongside these efforts, Duterte pushed for lasting peace talks in Mindanao “to finally bring to an end one of the longest-running revolutions in the world.”

“These changes are vital to make the Philippines a stronger republic. It is on the basis of this political, social and economic and the Philippines will be able to take on an even more active and more influential role in the community of nations,” he said.

“However, now that the Philippines is doing its part in addressing the challenges we face together as an international community the scourge of terrorism, natural and human-induced calamities, transnational crimes, hunger and poverty and international disputes,” Duterte added.

Uttering the words, Kampai, President then proposed a toast, followed by the response of Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.

“In their name, I convey to you, Mr. President, to the leaders of the Senate and the House of the Representatives, to the Cabinet secretaries, the most heartfelt wishes for a 27th full of achievements in trade and especially in cooperation in the vast and complex area of technology that is gaining more and more interest,” Pinto said.

“There is no nation nor people that does not long for tranquility and security. Therefore, initiatives for peace multiply and open the way to development,” Pinto added.