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Duterte says ‘unity, bayanihan’ needed for ‘better’ Philippines

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte underlined the need for unity and solidarity to overcome the challenges facing the Philippines as a nation.

“Numerous trials have tested our resolve these past few years but we always emerge victorious because of our unity and bayanihan as a people,” Duterte said in his short speech during the virtual pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) forum Wednesday.

The President also enjoined everyone to “work together” for the country to attain economic prosperity.

“The accomplishments that we have just presented to you in this pre-SONA forum are the fruits of our collective efforts to foster, real, lasting and meaningful change in our country,” he said.

“As we look to the future with much hope and positivity, let us continue to work together to build a better and more prosperous Philippines, and for ourselves and the next generation of Filipinos.“

In the forum titled “Regaining Momentum, Accelerating Recovery in a Post Covid-19 World,” the country’s top economic and infrastructure officials, namely Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno reported on the state of the Philippine economy, as well as the government’s ongoing efforts in the fight against the coronavirus disease.

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