Full text: President Duterte's speech before his trip to 2016 APEC Summit in Peru

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte delivered a speech Thursday at the Davao International Airport prior to leaving for the 2016 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Peru.

The President said the summit will be an opportunity for him to talk to current and potential economic partners.

Below is the full text of his arrival message and press conference:

Maupo po kayo [Please be seated].

You know, whenever you go out, you spend money of the people and so you must have a good reason to spend the money of the people.

It’s a long trip. It would cost a lot. And I hope that we will harvest something out of this trip, tutal marami naman tayo naghati-hati sa Pacific Ocean [besides, many of us are taking a share of the Pacific Ocean].

I leave today for Lima, Peru to join (20) other Leaders of the Asia Pacific region for the 24th Meeting of the Economic Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC.  

This will be an important opportunity for the Philippines to work closely with our economic partners in the region, to take stock of the efforts to facilitate economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific, and to determine ways of moving forward to achieve our shared goals.

The theme of this year’s APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is “Quality Growth and Human Capital Development: A Foundation for Sustainable Growth in the Asia-Pacific.”

In the meetings, I will bring to the fore key components of my 10-point Socio-Economic Program, particularly improvements in doing business through more efficient and responsive governance, massive investments in new infrastructure, a new focus on the rural development, and increased investments in human capital.


My message to APEC will be clear: The Philippines is open for business. We will do everything to make sure that business, particularly our MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), will thrive and flourish — small and medium.

I will highlight government policy support as well as efforts to address corruption and criminality as building blocks of a strong and resilient economy aimed at inclusive and continued growth.

As I have said before, your government is working very hard to make sure that our economy will finally take flight.

I really hope so. Nasa runway lang tayo hanggang ngayon [We are still on the runway until now].

We must harness the potentials of this huge region to ensure that no one — especially our citizens — are left behind in the march to greater progress and prosperity.

Our people are at the core of our program on inclusive growth and sustainable development. We will spare no effort to realize this in the context of APEC.  

This will be my first official visit to South America, with whom we share a meaningful history and centuries-old affinity.


As we look to expand our horizons and pursue an independent foreign policy, the Philippines and the Filipino businesses must be ready to further deepen and broaden our engagement with South America – especially those that straddle the Pacific – as economic partners.


Maraming salamat po [Thank you very much].