Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his attendance to the 64th Araw ng Hagonoy
Municipal Gymnasium, Municipal Complex, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur
05 July 2017

Salamat, kindly sit down.

Gusto ko muhilak kay gimingaw na ko pero unahon nako ni chewing gum. Magpahid lang gud og luha. [laughter]

(TRANSLATION: I want to cry because I miss the place but I have to prioritize this chewing gum. I’ll just wipe the tears.)

Ang atong halandong na Mayor Conrado Lasa, nahimuoot ko niya kay dugay si General Laza na akong chief of police sa siyudad sa Davao, og sa iyang panahon, wala gyud koy masulti sa tao, you are a very honest mayor [applause] Yung panahon nila walay kalokohan, way kurakot, wa tanan. Limpyu ang pulis nako, silang tanan ha silang tanan niagi, mga maayong tao.

(TRANSLATION: Mayor Conrado Lasa, I’m amused by him because General Laza is my long time chief of police in Davao City and during his time, I’m at a loss for words, you are a very honest mayor. During their time, they weren’t involved in any foolishness, no corruption, no anything. My policemen are clean, all of them, they’re good.)

Ang akong ikhaduhang pinakadakong opisyal, Aileen Almendras, ma’am, liwat ka sa imong papa, ngano kaha? [laughter] Aw naa ba? Kapitan Cuico, akong mga kauban sa gobyerno, mga taga Hagonoy, kinsa — karon pa lang ko nakabalik sukad, sa dugayng panahon, the last time was diri ko nibista ko og haya sa akong usa ka amigo, taga Liling, si Erning Surposa, classmate nako dira sa Boys Department niadto sa Holy Cross. Diha ko nagdugay sa akong high school mga 7 years. Mao tong nidato ang Cor Jesu. [laughter] Tingali’g 7 years sa High School.

(TRANSLATION: To the second highest official, Aileen Almendras, ma’am, you look like your father, why is that? [laughter] Are there any? Captain Cuico, my fellow workers in the government, people of Hagonoy, who — it’s been a long time since I visited here, the last time was I visited the wake of one of my friends from Liling, Erning Surposa, my classmate at the Boys Department of Holy Cross. I was a high school student there for 7 years which is why Cor Jesu got rich, probably because of that 7 years.)

Kanang naa koy speech, I usually have one prepared to read, it’s just two pages, og basahon nako ni it would take me about 2 minutes unya byebye na. [laughter] Maibog ko kay dugay ko gahuwat so mangayo kog pasaylo sa kalangay nako tungod kay gikan pa ko sa 1002nd Brigade, nagabisita man gud ko sa tanang mga kampo karon, occasion na lang, kahibaw ko nga … mga tawo sa gawas, daghang salamat unya pasaylua pud ko kay I have to you know — up to this time of our national life, there seems to be a little bit of a vicious cycle of violence and every now and then, unya naa pay kagubot sa atong mga kaigsuonan sa Marawi. Although the fighting is winding up, but maybe we need more time to really clean the space.

(TRANSLATION: I have a speech, I usually have one prepared to read, it’s just two pages, it would take me about 2 minutes to read this then bye bye. [laughter] I waited for too long so forgive me for the delay because I visited the 1002nd Brigade, I occasionally visit camps now, I know — the people outside, thank you. Forgive me also because I have to, you know —  up to this time of our national life, there seems to be a little bit of a vicious cycle of violence and every now and then, there’s a crisis among our brothers and sisters in Marawi. Although the fighting is winding up, but maybe we need more time to really clean the space.)

I am very sad that this incident or this event had to happen during the time when I am the president because I would be the second president of this republic to declare a martial law but rest assured if you were around, I was already around at the time that there will be no abuses during — at times like these. I will not allow it.

Og akong mga sundalo ug kapulisan karong panahuna, I really — well educated and well aware of the duty to the Republic and to the Filipino people. Agi ko lang because mao ra man ni atong dapat istoryahan, I’d like to report to you that kaning terrorism is much worse than kaning insurgency sa komunista. Kaning mga NPA, kinsa gani tung mga NPA diri? Taas og kamot [laughter] Pwera ba naman tung yawa [laughter] Ang symphatizers na lang maoy NPA gyud.

(TRANSLATION: To my soldiers and policemen during this time, I really — well educated and well aware of the duty to the Republic and to the Filipino people. I just have to pass by because this would be the gist of our talk,  I’d like to report to you that terrorism is much worse than the communist insurgency. These NPAs, who among you here are the NPAs? Raise your hand. [laughter] Pwera ba naman tung yawa [laughter] Those NPA sympathizers are considered members.)

You know guys, I’m kind of you know, you’re like a — sabi ni Ingga, [inaudible] electric fan, it’s vasilating, muana ba. First you said that during the martial law proclamation, suko [inaudible] I ordered your troops, the NPAs to engage us government forces actively, when you changed your mind and said you are going to cooperate but at the same time I cannot understand you guys kay parang kayong electric fan, right to left, left to right. Unsa ba gyud? Gusto mo makig istorya? [inaudible] nato ning pagkalma sa Marawi, mag-istorya ta o magsige ta’g away?

(TRANSLATION: You know guys, I’m kind of you know, you’re like a — according to Ingga, [inaudible] electric fan, it’s vasilating. First you said that during the martial law proclamation, you got angry because I ordered your troops, the NPAs to engage us government forces actively, when you changed your mind and said you are going to cooperate but at the same time I cannot understand you guys because you’re like an electric fan, right to left, left to right. What do you really want? Do you want to talk? [inaudible] let the crisis in Marawi cool down and we’ll talk or we’ll continue to fight?)

Baw-a ninyo, mga kaigsuonan nako, Komunusta pareho ra man ta mga Pilipino, dili na lang ta magbolahay, lisod man gud kaayo kanang the’re exchanges of threats, wa may makuha anang mga [inaudible] hadlukon ta mo, for what? Para kitang — you know everytime I see a dead soldier or a dead NPA, magsakit ko kay puro na mga Pilipino eh, and we are fighting an issue as a matter of principle, mao nang di maundang kay prinsipyo sa tao, labi na nang iapil to the — pobre nga ngano man na siya, dako man na siyag bahin unya ikaw gamay lang? Musugot ka ana?

(TRANSLATION: I want you to know, my brothers and sisters, Communists, we’re all Filipinos, we don’t need to make fun of each other, it’s difficult when there are exchanges of threats, we won’t get anything from that. Threatening each other, for what? We’re like — you know everytime I see a dead soldier or a dead NPA, it hurts me because we’re Filipinos, and we are fighting an issue as a matter of principle which is why it won’t end because of the principles — particularly when you include the poor a prinsipyo sa tao, labi na nang iapil to the — pobre nga ngano man na siya, dako man na siyag bahin unya ikaw gamay lang? Musugot ka ana?

Ang anang mga [inaudible] will kill the human initiative and you want to perpetuate a war that has been going on for the last 50 years, do you want us to fight for another 50 years? Kamong mga Pilipino, singkwenta anyos na gud ni, apil na pud ngadong sa mga kaigsuonan nato dira sa Moro places, Moro provinces, and cities. It’s about 50 years,  70—

(TRANSLATION: Those [inaudible] will kill the human initiative and you want to perpetuate a war that has been going on for the last 50 years, do you want us to fight for another 50 years? The insurgence is going on for already 50 years which includes the Moro places, Moro provinces, and cities. It’s about 50 years,  70—)

That’s why in war, kung gusto mo magpatay na lang but 50-50, another 50 years of bloodshed? Manigwuang na gud mo. Kini si Sison, ayaw na’g kasuko Sir kay maestro ko man ka, but ikaw you’re sick, you are not bind but you are seriously sick, would you be happy to see and to die that there is peace in this country before you finally close your eyes? Kay ako mao nang akong ginaampo. Mauna na unta ko mamatay kay naapil man ko aning gyera as president, pero as mayor, maybe but not so. But as president, I’m profound.

(TRANSLATION: That’s why in war, if you want to kill but 50-50, another 50 years of bloodshed? You’re getting old. Here comes Sison, I hope you won’t be angry anymore because you’re my teacher and you’re sick, you are not bind but you are seriously sick, would you be happy to see and to die that there is peace in this country before you finally close your eyes? Because that’s what I’m praying for. I wished I died because I got included in the war during my presidency, but as mayor, maybe but not so. But as president, I’m profound.)

You know everytime I read a briefer, kada adlaw naa koy — tawag ana nila na murag journal. Ako gyud [inaudible] sa taas before I hit the bed, ako na basahon and I do not relish, I am not happy with what I read everyday. Namatay napulo ka sundalo, mga Maute, unya whether it is really the enemy or the government, because we are all Filipinos aside from those terrorists who are really [inaudible], because sa gobyerno, masakitan ko, you know why? It is not easy to read that I lost 5 soldiers in gunbattle, I lose 2 policemen. Kabalo mo ngano?

(TRANSLATION: You know everytime I read a briefer, everyday I have this thing called briefer. I [inaudible] before I hit the bed, I read and I do not relish, I am not happy with what I read everyday. Ten soldiers die, Mautes, then whether it is really the enemy or the government, because we are all Filipinos aside from those terrorists who are really [inaudible], because in the government, I get hurt, you know why? It is not easy to read that I lost 5 soldiers in gunbattle, I lose 2 policemen. Do you know why?)

Ako nagdeclare sa Martial Law, and I was the one who ordered the Armed Forces and police to go there and die. Mao nang di ko malipay magbasa, guba gyud akong adlaw, adlaw adlaw. For us, that thing continues to ensue, and nothing is happening except to otherwise pound. But it’s finally over because the last terrorist — terrors is killed. Walay katapusan lahat ng pagdusa. Medyo maldituhon lang ko pero kanang anang bahin nako sa akong nasod, labi na sa akong katiguwangon, di gyud ko malipay.

(TRANSLATION: I declared Martial Law, and I was the one who ordered the Armed Forces and police to go there and die. That’s why I get upset everyday, my day is ruined every single day. For us, that thing continues to ensue, and nothing is happening except to otherwise pound. But it’s finally over because the last terrorist — terrors is killed. The sufferings are endless. I may be mean but I really get sad when it comes to my country, particularly now that I am old.)

Even with the communists, unsa may makuha ninyo, assuming hutdon nila, ayaw na lang nang mga sundalo, patyon na lang ko ninyo, kinatas-an gyud, and what do you expect to happen? Pareho ra man tang tanan mamatay. Kung mapatay na pud nang pinadako na leader sa what do you call it, an achievement for the day? Makapatay ka’g Pilipino and for nothing? Mao na diha but kaning terorista, makasabot pa ko, I can understand that if I am fighting the MI, MNLF, kay ang ilang kausa was their sense of nationalism.

(TRANSLATION: Even with the communists, what will you get from it, assuming you kill them all, except for the soldiers, just kill me on the highest position, and what do you expect to happen? We’ll all die anyway. If you kill the highest leader of what do you call it, an achievement for the day? You kill Filipinos and for nothing? That is why but it’s a different thing for the terrorists I can understand that if I am fighting the MI, MNLF, it’s because of their nationalism.)

You know very well that before Magellan landed in Leyte in some time of 1521, Mindanao was already Islam. Mao gyud nang tinuod, well ahead by about 60 years. The Islam Scholars would say about 100, other place it’s about — when I was a congressman for a while, I went around the Southeast Asian countries and I read the archives ng mga Southeast Asian migration, demography, the changes, sa places, og sa tao, they’re part of the pre-Visayas Empire of the Malay Race. Wala man tay mga canyon, wala man tay mga pusil, ang atong panginabuhi, pangisda tanang trabaho.

(TRANSLATION: You know very well that before Magellan landed in Leyte in some time of 1521, Mindanao was already Islam. That’s the truth, well ahead by about 60 years. The Islam Scholars would say about 100, other place it’s about — when I was a congressman for a while, I went around the Southeast Asian countries and I read the archives ng mga Southeast Asian migration, demography, places, changes, people, they’re part of the pre-Visayas Empire of the Malay Race. We don’t have canons and other weapons, we only do fishing for a living.)

When the Spaniards came, I have nothing against the religion but sila yung nagdala sa Katoliko, and really ang Visayas og Luzon kay nakuha nila kay wala tay armas pareho sila. Naa silay mga muskets, naa silay gun powder, naa silay canons or canyon. Dayong mga netibong Bisaya, bahag yung ikog. Hadlok. They were subdued economically, socially, unya ang religion nato. Unya kung mabasa nimo ang history pud sa Katoliko. Di na lang pud ko mukuan. It’s not really as good as you’d like you think it is. Kung karon na, after the reformation.

(TRANSLATION: When the Spaniards came, I have nothing against the religion but they brought in Catholicism, and they got Visayas and Luzon because they have ammunition unlike us. They have muskets, gun powder, canons. Then the natives got scared. They were subdued economically, socially, and our religion, and if you read the history of Catholicism . I won’t tell anything. It’s not really as good as you’d like you think it is, if you want it now, after the reformation.)

But that time, buwis de kutsilyo ka pa. just like in the Middle East now, what are they trying to say is that I do not like this goddamn shit kay suko ko sa mga Maranao. You know, daghan mong wala kahibaw. Ang akong inahan, mestiza Maranao. Ang akong lolo, Intisik, ang akong amahan, Bisaya, taga Danao. Mao nang suko ko sa akong kapwa Maranao kay nganong gipasulod ninyo ang tanang mga terorista?

(TRANSLATION: But that time, buwis de kutsilyo pa. Just like in the Middle East now, what are they trying to say is that I do not like this goddamn shit because I am angry at the Maranaos. You need to know more. My mother is a mestiza Maranao. My grandfather is Chinese, my father is a Cebuano, from Danao. I’m angry at my fellow Maranaos because why did they allow the terrorists to enter?)

They don’t know anything else besides to destroy and kill. They don’t know anything other than to kill and destroy. How much did — What’s the f***ing.

Kakita man mo sa ilang bag-ong gi behead? Nasa kuan dalawang, dalawang, dalawang Vietnamese na nakuha nila three months ago. Giputlan ug liog. [Inaudible]

(TRANSLATION: Did you see one they recently beheaded? Two Vietnamese they took three months ago. Their necks were cut off.)

Now I’ll have to explain to the Vietnamese. A head lying there. This one was put on his back.  Dito tayo magpa-alipin? Ay, p**** i**. We’re going to circumcise each other again here. San ba ako papayag ng ganon? T*** i**. 

Unya katong mga Vietnamese nga nadakpan sa coastguard na lagi nangisda diri sa atong lugar, ako man ganing gipa, kay ingun-ani man ang kuan. Ako nalang gipa — gipa uli nako ang baruto, gipauli nako tong — gitagaan nako silag konsumo, gitagaan nakog gasul, gipauli pa nako.  

(TRANSLATION: And then the Vietnamese that the coastguards caught fishing in our territory, I even gave returned their boat, gave them food to eat, gasoline, and then sent them home.)

When I went to Vietnam, they said, “Thank you, but we have another problem.” And this was it. There were two who were beheaded. Things like that. What are you really trying to prove? And you say you have a god? You take — you take the name of Allah in vain?

Gamiton nimo ang pangalan, mupatay kag tao. Sabagay, di man pud ta ma alkanse ug kana lang butanga. Pag punggot ug ulo. Kan-on ko na imong atay ug gusto ka. 

(TRANSLATION: You’d use (god’s) name in killing another person. Well, we won’t be shortchanged there. You cut off a head and I’ll eat your liver if you want.)

Tagai kog asin ug suka, diba kilawon ko na sa imong atubangan. Naga kaon man ko sa tanan, wala man koy pili. Hasta nang dili matulon, gina kaon ko na. 

(TRANSLATION: Just give me salt and vinegar at kikilawin ko ‘yan sa harap mo. Kinakain ko lahat, hindi ako mapili. Kahit na  ‘yung hindi malunok, kinakain ko parin.)

So I have to declare war. So this is how it is now. I hope there will be no resurgent event again that could — kasi babalik nanaman tayo sa pakikipag-usap — I have to talk to the communists, that this time, I hope you sincerely —

You keep on cutting things off. If you don’t like it, you threaten to withdraw. If there’s something that you don’t  like, well, it’s part of the talks.

You do not just withdraw because we cannot agree on a certain agenda in the — You sulk and then disappear, and then come back wanting to talk. Hindi ko naiintindihan. Ang raming problema. Things were better when I was still a student. I visited here often. [inaudible]

Taga Leleng ‘yun si ano. Andito pa ba? We’re about the same age. Inday, are you still there? ‘Wag nalang, ‘di ko alam ‘yung mga ganun.

Pangalawa, I’ll talk about the same thing Mayor Laza said. Marami kayong — this is a new, relatively new province actually.

By — Going by the standards in Mindanao, you’re still new. You have to make your province and municipality competitive. And if you want to make it a city, there are certain requirements of your income plus population but more than just standards, you have to have something more. 

Because you can’t say that this is the requirement of the population of 100 this is the… This is the income you must have. 

It’s more than that. You have to find something more attractive. Ako, wala akong problema sa minahan except that whether you like it or not, basta may minahan, may destruction.

The only thing you can do for environment is to lessen or mitigate it to its lowest descent. Pero kung may mamimina sa lupa tapos gagamitan ng chemical to extract the ore, gold, whatever, there’s always the damage of contamination. 

There is no such thing as entirely free. There’s always a drawback and the drawback is — there may be plenty of that here in the coming days. 

I don’t know but this is a flat land. What’s beautiful here in your land during my time was — Is this still predominantly farm lands?

Or you otherwise you start to aquaculture. Food’s gonna be really expensive in the coming generations. Pag mauna kayo diyan, kasi nandiyan lang ‘yung dagat malapit sa inyo, aqua culture.

It would be good to the United States. I would like to encourage your Mayor and your municipal officials. If you get to have an invitation to go there, punta kayo ng China. 

It’s not the proper time to be — to go to war because it’s already been claimed. Wala na tayong magagawa. Wala nang nagawa ang America, tayo pa kaya. And you are baiting me to go into trouble and enter into a sort of violence which we cannot sustain even for one day.

We just somehow ride ride nalang. But there are things that I have to say. I even told China. What’s ours there, we have been there since 1974. 

We were — kanang atong Pag-asa Island. I cannot give it up.  Benham Rise, when they go there, I always tell them, “That is ours.”

I ordered both ten small islands diha. I told the Philippine — the Armed Forces, my army. You occupy the islands kasi parang ubusan ito. Bahala nang maliit lang tayo, palibutan lang natin basta nandoon tayo, even if we put just one boat there.

But you know they’re not to be taking… it’s not the right time.. The world is occupied by violence. Bantayan ninyo ang ISIS. Do not ever let it exist even for one day. 

Ang NPA, prinsipyo lang naman ‘yung sa kanila. Nationalism ang sa mga Moro. Why? Because pag dating ng mga kristyano dito, sila ‘yung pinaka nawalan. It’s true, it’s true. 

Nauna ang Islam eh. Ang problema, they have identified it as a territory. Gi — na relate nila ang Islam sa teritoryo. That’s why Muslims would ask, saan ba ‘yung mga Muslim ilalagay eh kami naman ‘yung nauna dito? 

Wala pa si Adam ug si Eve, wa pa man mo nangabot, this is ours already. So if you do not speak Maranao, Maguindanao, Iranon, Sama, Cagan, Tausug, ug unsa pa, then you are not a native here. Ang ating linggwahe sa bahay, bisaya, tagalog, Ilocano or Ilonggo, then we are the descendants. Mga anak tayo sa migrants. 

We are not from here. Because kita ang kaliwat nato, Ilonggo, Bisaya, Ilocano, Samar, Leyte, Bohol. Kaya nasabi ko na ang karamihan dito — Pero naman ding mga — mga karamihan ang mixed assimilation dito is Ilocano ug Moro nga  Maguindanao. 

Pareho ‘yang mga Mestizo. Dahil na rin sa mama ko. Pero ako, Pilipino. Di ko sasabihin na bisaya ako, di ko rin sasabihin na Maranao ako. Basta ‘wag niyo lang galawin ang bayan ko or tayo. Once you start to fool around, we’ll go to war.

That is what’s happening now in Marawi. So nagpapasalamat ako ng marami dahil hinintay niyo talaga ko. Ang lakas talaga ng ulan sa Davao kanina. That’s what they said about Malungon also, but it’s not raining too hard here.

Dito, sinabi ng Diyos na hintayin niyo ako kasi naubusan tayo ng — [inaudible] Pag wala nang maniwala sakin sa pulitika, gagawa nalang ako ng sarili kong relihiyon. Iglesia ni Rodrigo na’y mutuo nako sa pulitika, mag mugda nalang kog relihiyon. Iglesia ni Rodrigo. [laughter]

I’m really happy na nakabalik ako dito specially noon, si Conrad ang Mayor. He has served me well and good. So I said to myself, even if I’ll be delayed, I will really visit Hagonoy. [applause]

Di nalang ako aasa. Papasok pa itong munisipyo. Papunta dito oh, papunta sa highway. Ang akong referee ko noon sumasakay ng motor papunta sa Malalag, straight Sulu.

That was our form of entertainment back then. That’s the only time na nakabisita ako. I didn’t even imagine before that from Mayor I’d become the President. I have never lost an election actually. 

I started as a Mayor and it went on until I became the President. Nagpapasalamat talaga ako. Dito ako sa Mindanao madalas. Even sa Muslim areas. Julu, Marawi, Lanao  del Sur. ’76 ‘yun. Taga doon ‘yung aking lola. 

Pero ayan din naman kasi. We have a rift right now because I don’t understand this. Why did you allow terrorists to enter our country? But I’m happy that we were able to see each other now. 

Naa man koy nakit-an ngadto unya gwapa man to siya tong niadto. Pag agi nako, murag nag antipara. Di na man ko kaklaro sa iyang nawong. Either ang akong mata di na maayo or ni kunot na gyud ug maayo ko. Naga antipara na man. But naa koy gina iring iring niadto but that was a very long time ago. 

(TRANSLATION: I saw someone there who used to be beautiful back in the day. But when I passed by, she seemed to be wearing glasses. I couldn’t see her face clearly. Either I have poor eyesight  or just wrinkly. Bespectacled already. But I was flirting with someone back then and that was a long time ago.)

So pasalamat ko vice, mayor. Mga konsehales. Daghang salamat sa pag imbita kanako ug maayong gabii kaninyong tanan. 

(TRANSLATION: So pasalamat ako, Vice, Mayor, mga konsehales. Maraming salamat sa pag imbita sakin at magandang gabi sa inyong lahat.)

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