“Congress might decide to pass a law to allow the government to negotiate with the Marcos family. They should be in talks with the Department of Justice or representatives of the Finance department and Central Bank.” – Rodrigo Duterte, Phil Star, 3 January 2018.
“I want to do some things in Mindanao of utmost importance. And I need to extend the tour of duty of General Dela Rosa to something like two to three months.” – Rodrigo Duterte, Phil Star, 2 January 2018.
“I greet the Filipino people, here in the Philippines and in all corners of the world, as we welcome the new year.” – Rodrigo Duterte, Inquirer, 1 January 2018.
“As we spend time with our family, friends, and loved ones in turning a new page in our nation’s history, let us draw strength from what we have achieved both as individuals and as a community in the past year.” – Rodrigo Duterte, Khaleej Times, 31 December 2017.
“Let us embrace this coming year’s uncertainty with a glimmer of hope and remain determined in achieving our vision of a better and more prosperous future. … It is my hope that we foster solidarity as we move forward in our pursuit of providing a more comfortable and productive life for all.” – Rodrigo Duterte, Inquirer, 31 December 2017.
“May we take this occasion as an opportunity to recognize Dr. Rizal’s ultimate sacrifice for the sake of our country. Let us reflect on his patriotism as we strive to continue his work of building a more united, peaceful and prosperous Philippines. … As an author and as a scholar, he denounced the corruption, greed and other social ills that continue to plague our society. Even in death, he imparted his aspiration for a nation that is free from injustice, tyranny and suffering. … Rizal inspired a movement that gave rise to the Filipino identity. During that dark chapter of our nation, his writings served as the light that guided our forebears in the fight for genuine equality and independence.” – Rodrigo Duterte, Gulf Times, 30 December 2017.