Sta. Rosa, Laguna
June 14, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte called on his fellow government workers to continue protecting the welfare and safety of the Filipino people as he graced the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected barangay captains in Region 4A (CALABARZON – Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon).

“Let me lay the predicate, the foundation why we are here. And maybe not to really compel you, but the reason why we’re here [is] because we are talking of our country, period. And what is to the best of the interest of the Filipino people,” the President said.

“And that includes taking care of government welfare, property, funds, and all others that would make the life of a Filipino a comfortable one for the next few months. You count the number of days, it’s just around the corner,” he added.

Speaking before a crowd of 4,000 barangay captains, the President reiterated the administration’s campaign against wrongdoings in the country that includes illegal drugs, corruption, and terrorism.

The President tasked the newly elected village heads of Region 4A to enforce the law in their respective barangays, since their level of authority is the same with the Presidency.

“Ako, Presidente. Mag-prangkahan tayo ha. Ako, jurisdiction ko Pilipinas. I enforce all the laws. Constitution, the laws of the land. Kayo, mayor. In the level of authority, kayo ‘yung mayor sa barangay ninyo,” the Chief Executive stressed.

“That is the most important, really. This that I wanted imparted to you is that there is no difference between me and you in terms of territorial jurisdiction. But in terms of authority, pareho lang ako,” President Duterte stated.

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