HOUSE Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Thursday wished President Rodrigo ‘Roa’ Duterte a long life filled with happiness and a more successful leadership as the Chief Executive turns 75 years old this Saturday.
“I join the nation in extending our warmest greetings to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on his 75th birth anniversary on March 28. In these times of great peril and difficulty, I pray that the Great Almighty will continue to bless our President with excellent health and immense wisdom for decision-making,” said Romualdez, chairman of the House committee on rules.
Romualdez, president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), thanked President Duterte for showing a kind heart to less fortunate Filipinos by prioritizing them in the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act of 2020" that he principally co-sponsored to fight the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).
“May the good Lord also clothe him and his family with His protective mantle so that the President can have peace of mind in leading our people out of this crisis,” said Romualdez, a lawyer and President of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa).
“With God's grace, I am confident that President Duterte will be fully equipped with greater vigor and mental endurance as he takes command in what could be the greatest battle of our lives. Rest assured that I, as Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, will fight side-by-side with our President in this great battle against the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic. With the people's support, we will not falter," said Romualdez.
Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga Jr., Ako Bisaya party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon and Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu said Filipinos are p fortunate and blessed to have a strong leader like President Duterte.
“Happy birthday Mr. President. The country is great and strong again because of your no-nonsense brand of leadership. We are solidly behind your advocacies and thrusts against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption," said Barzaga, president of the National Unity Party (NUP) and chairman of the House committee on natural resources.
Lagon wished “President Duterte a sound mind and a healthy body as he celebrates his 75th birthday this Saturday.”
“I pray that God will give all the happiness he deserves and long life so that he can see and appreciate the positive reforms he has been implementing for a better, progressive and prosperous Philippines,” said Lagon.
“Happy birthday President Duterte, we wish you good health and long life. We are so blessed that your leadership has been consistently working behind the nation’s unity and stability especially now in this very difficult COVID-19 pandemic,” said Abu for his part.