President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night met with Filipinos in Laos where he is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane.
In his speech, Duterte repeated his promises to Filipinos including his intention to rid the government of corrupt officials.
"Give me time and I will fix the country," Duterte told the crowd, most of them overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), some coming from Thailand.
He also vouched for the integrity of his Cabinet officials and said all of them are good in their respective fields. He said together with his official family, he would take care of the country for the Filipinos.
"I assure you pag-uwi niyo, iba na ang sistema doon [Philippines]," Duterte said.
He also thanked the OFWs for helping buoy the country's economy through the remittances they send to their families back home.
It was Duterte's first trip abroad as head of state and the second time he faced OFWs after his overwhelming victory in the May 9 elections, the first being his meeting with the retrenched Filipino workers who were repatriated from Saudi Arabia last week.
Duterte's trip to Laos became controversial when his tirade against US President Barack Obama during his pre-departure press briefing in Davao City prompted the US leader to cancel their bilateral meeting scheduled on Tuesday afternoon. —KBK, GMA News