Duterte to Filipinos: Don't despair, band together

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2016 09:23 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said Filipinos should not despair even in the face of the country's numerous problems.

Borrowing the quote of an anonymous writer, Duterte said in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), "It is when the night is darkest that dawn breaks."

He added that Filipinos have proven their resiliency in more difficult situations.

At the same time, the President urged the public to band together, saying "It is then and only then can we prevail."

ABS-CBN News, 25 July 2016