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.
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.