Duterte delivers first Christmas message as President

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday delivered his first Christmas message as President of the country, wishing a peaceful and progressive Philippines.

Here's the full text of the President's video message:

"My beloved countrymen as we remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, let us celebrate with genuine compassion and desire to foster hopes in our hearts.

"This Yuletide season, I wish for peace order, progress for our country.

"Greeting you all a very merry Christmas, my family, my fellow workers in government and let us all look forward for the coming of a new year with great happiness."

In a press briefing last week, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President would be spending holiday with his family in his hometown in Davao City.

President Duterte was elected in the last May 9 national elections with an overwhelming 16 million votes or more than six million margin over closest rival.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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