President Rodrigo Duterte swore to work hard to improve the economy of the country so that the Filipinos younger generation would no longer need to leave home to seek green Pasteur in abroad.
This promise was made to the Filipino community in Tokyo after the President’s arrival in Japan for a three-day official visit.
"Ito ang pangako ko... at sana naman sa Diyos at sa inyo... ang pagtrabaho n'yo sa labas, hanggang diyan na lang. Next generation, sa Pilipinas na lang (This is my promise to God and to you that the next generation will find jobs at home)," Duterte quoted in front of Filipino community.
He further said "We have to improve the economy. That is the only way to really... na balang araw hindi ka na babalik dito. Na kung balik-balik ka dito, bakasyon ka na lang (that one day, you return here not to work but to spend a vacation).”
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President Duterte said in his departure speech earlier at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 2 that his visit would be a good opportunity to further strengthen and broaden Manila’s ties to Tokyo, a "valued strategic partner and one of our (Philippines) true friends."
"With Japan as the Philippines’ top trading partner, I shall seek to sustain and further enhance our important economic ties," he said.
Duterte stressed he looks forward in meeting business leaders in Japan and to inform them that the country is now open for business.
Furthermore, he said he intends to invite Japanese businessmen to invest in infrastructure development in the Philippines and in high-quality modern public transportation.”The visit will be an opportunity for me to personally thank Japan for its preeminent and peerless role as the Philippines’ development partner. I shall seek the strengthening of this role through more high-impact projects that will benefit our nation,” Duterte highlighted.