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No long-winding, profanity-laden speech for Duterte on June 30

In a radical turnaround from his long-winding and oftentimes profanity-laden impromptu speeches, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will be delivering a short, formal public address on his June 30 inaugural.

Davao City administrator Jesus Melchor Quitain, who is in charge of drafting Duterte’s inaugural speech, said it will be delivered in English and in a formal manner.

In keeping with the President-elect’s character, Quitain said the inaugural speech will be straight to the point. Without spilling any further details, he said Duterte’s message will be a call to each and every Filipino to help him uplift the country.

The inaugural speech, however, will be devoid of swear words the tough-talking Duterte is fond of using.

“If you’ll notice, in his extemporaneous speech, maraming P.I.s (curse word). So in a formal speech, you have to do away with that language,” Quitain said in a report aired on "Balitanghali" Sunday.

Although Duterte’s speech will only be short, the Davao City administrator said it will be filled with quotes from famous former world leaders. Among the sayings that the President-elect is expected to mention in his speech are:

“I have no friends to serve. I have enemies to [inaudible] in governance.”

“You cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich.”

As Duterte’s speechwriter for 14 years, Quitain said he has also collected a few of the President-elect’s memorable quotes, such as “Ours must not only be a government for the people and by the people. More than that, this government must be a government must be a government for the least, last and lowest.”

Another one would be: “The trouble with us in government is we talk too much, act too slow and do too little.”

However, Quitain said he is unsure on whether he would include any of Duterte’s own quotable sayings in his inauguration speech because doing so will extend its length beyond five minutes.

Duterte’s inauguration will be held at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace. Around 500 guests have been invited to the event. — APG, GMA News