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Duterte’s dream for OFWs: No one will work abroad anymore

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By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos

Despite the warning by the Thai police to sit down or get kicked out, Filipinos in Bangkok, Thailand were not able to contain their excitement once President Duterte entered the Chaopraya Room, filling the venue with thunderous screams and cheers.

But what got them to scream even louder in glee was when the President revealed his wish for overseas Filipino workers — for them to work closer to home.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Thailand Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-chan are shown various handicrafts made by Thai craftsmen prior to the state dinner at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on March 21, 2017. (Credits: Richard Madelo | Presidential Photo | Manila Bulletin)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Thailand Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-chan are shown various handicrafts made by Thai craftsmen prior to the state dinner at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. (Credits: Richard Madelo | Presidential Photo | Manila Bulletin)

Earning applause and cheers from the members of the Filipino community who converged at the Royal Thai Navy Headquarters in Bangkok, Duterte said his wish is for Filipinos to work inside the country. However, the President admitted that this would not happen overnight.

“Ang dream ko sa Pilipinas, hindi ko na maaabot ‘yan, pero sisimulan ko. In 10 years, hindi na kayo lalabas [ng bansa],” he said before the almost 2,000 Filipinos.

“What I can assure you is this: maniwala kayo. My administration will begin or began and it will end with the public interest foremost,” he added, earning the cheers of his audience.

But despite his two-hour speech being filled with jokes most of the time, Filipinos who attended the event thought the President is serious with his job.

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  • Free Radical

    That was a whole lot about nothing.

    • TrollEatingBwitre

      Thank you for discussing that space between your ears. I feel for you. BWAHAWR!

      • Free Radical

        As expected, your comment and the first word of your name match.

        • TrollEatingBwitre

          Just as I thought! Taking three words as a whole is too much of an overload for your circuits. 😀

          • Free Radical

            Yes, that’s exactly what happened. Your intellectual prowess and comprehension is too much for me.

  • Tony Diongzon

    Encouraging dream for us Mr. President , we OFW can be self sustain and support your administration plan to uplift the economic situation of the country. We OFW can pool our resources and create a 3rd Telecom Player to solve the slow internet and unserve areas of telecom, we can help upgrade the NAIA into 3 parallel runways to handle 100M passenger capacity, we can invest in linking SLEX and NLEX via elevated highway, we can build plants and industries that will totally utilize the mined minerals we have and export as finish products and lot more we can offer. Imagine 25 Billion dollars total OFW brought into the country in 2016. If we save invest 1/3 of that amount that is already 500 Billion Pesos capital to start with.

  • one eyed monster

    Wishful thinking is good but needs reality check sometimes

  • Peter

    agree. bring them home pls mr president.