President Rodrigo R. Duterte asked Agusanons to continue their vigilance by not allowing terror group to continue their terroristic activities.
“I ask for your continued vigilance as we restore public order in the fight against terrorism,” Duterted said before some 1,500 crowd at the People’s Day celebration held in Caraga State University Campus in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte on Saturday.
“This Maute and ISIS only know how to kill. Do not allow them to enter,” he said.
People’s Day is part of the province’s weeklong celebration of its 50th foundation anniversary with the theme “Bulawanong Kasaulogan sa Masidlakong Agusan.”
During the same occasion, Duterte also encouraged Agusanons to fight and solve not only terrorism but also the spread of illegal drugs.
Duterte congratulated provincial officials headed by Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba and the Agusanons on their golden anniversary celebration.
“You rise to become the symbol of unity and cooperation in the region,” Duterte said as he acknowledged the contribution of the provincial government to his administration and the values of the Agusanons that contributed to the economic growth of the area.
“This festivity is an affirmation of a collective triumph of unity and cooperation, its people’s enduring values of persistence and hard work pave the way for Agusan del Norte’s continuing journey towards greater social economic growth,” Duterte said.
Appearing stern and strong, Duterte denied he was not on a medical break when he disappeared from public view for five days.
“My state of health is: What you see is what you get,” he told reporters in Butuan after gracing the province’s weeklong celebration.
The President, who said he had a medical examination last year, also debunked rumors that he was in a coma.
“Coma? Nasa kama lang ako,” he said.
But he said that during his absence, he traveled “incognito” with his close aide to an undisclosed place in Mindanao.
He called on the people not to worry much about his health.
“My state of health is immaterial,” he said, adding that Vice President Leni Robredo would be there to replace him. By CLC