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By Prince Golez

The speech delivered by President Rodrigo Duterte at the 75th United Nations (UN) General Assembly was “excellent,” his spokesman said.

On Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte’s first UN speech was written by “Team Philippines” with significant inputs from the Chief Executive.

“The President’s speech in the UN General Assembly, I thought, was excellent. And, I think halos lahat ng Pilipino ay kinilala po na talagang napakagaling at napakakomprehensibo at malinaw ang naging tamlumpati ng ating Presidente,” Roque said during his televised briefing.

“Ang gumawa po ng speech ay marami. Tawagin na lang natin silang Team Philippines. Pero yung mga subject matter na nabanggit ng Presidente pagdating sa mga international issues, si Presidente mismo ang namili kung ano ang gusto niyang i-discuss,” he added.

In his UN speech aired Wednesday, Duterte raised the Philippines’ arbitral victory on the disputed South China Sea against China, rejecting attempts to undermine the 2016 ruling by a Hague tribunal.

The President also called on UN member-states to fully implement the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the Chemical and the Biological Weapons Conventions as he raised the threat posed by nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

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