Message of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte before his Departure for Vietnam 
Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II
28 September 2016
Hintay kayo. Naghahanap ako ng maganda. Do not be in a hurry.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Lieutenant General Ricardo Visaya and other major service command, Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda, Lieutenant General Eduardo Año, General Manager Eddie Monreal, Police Chief Superintendent Aplasca, my fellow workers in government, my countrymen.

Tamad akong magsalita… Basahin… May basahin diyan? Basahin ko na lang ‘yung iyo. Ganon man lang ‘yan.

Upon the invitation of His Excellency, President Tran Dai Quang, I am leaving for Hanoi for a two-day official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

For the past 40 years, the Philippines and Vietnam have fostered a strong relationship built on a common desire towards achieving greater peace and prosperity, anchored on the basic tenets of sovereign equality, non-interference and peaceful settlement of disputes.

On this introductory visit to Hanoi, I look forward to renewing the ties of friendship between the Philippines and Vietnam and affirm the commitment to work closer to achieve shared goals for our countries and peoples.

I look forward to exchange views and explore opportunities further significantly improving our economic bilateral cooperation, including stronger partnership in economic, agriculture, defense, and maritime cooperation.

We will seek to identify emerging areas of partnership particularly in the fields of maritime security and law enforcement.

We shall also seek the ways to advance collaboration in the campaign against illegal drugs trade, consistent with the global of realizing an ASEAN Drug-Free Community

We will work with Vietnam and the rest of the ASEAN in suppressing the proliferation of illegal drugs for us to secure a better future for our generation and the generations to come.

As maritime nations with rapidly developing economies, we acknowledge the convergence of our strategic interest. Broadening cooperation and collaboration between the Philippines and Vietnam and solidifying our strategic partnership to further strengthen our countries in the regions which we belong to.

The visit is significant in that it takes place as the Philippines and Vietnam commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations, as both countries prepare to take leadership in the roles of the region in 2017 — the Philippines as it chairs the ASEAN and Vietnam as it chairs APEC.

I shall endeavor to work closely with my counterparts in Vietnam in order to fully realize the objectives we share.

Upon my return, I will report on the accomplishment of what we may gain, particularly in the key bilateral issues impacting our relations.

I am confident that, as we build on the outcomes of this visit, the relations between the Philippines and Vietnam will become even more stronger, pursued, as it has to be, with mutual respect, closer cooperation and deeper understanding.

Maraming salamat po.