March 28, 2017 marks the first birthday of Rodrigo R. Duterte as Philippine President. Now 72 years old, he is the oldest person to assume the executive position as head of the state and the first Mindanaoan to hold the office.
Tatay Digong, as he is fondly called by many of his supporters, is perhaps the most popular president despite the numerous criticisms and threats that has been thrown his way even before he was elected by the majority of Filipinos to head the country.
He has made it to international headlines with his war against drugs which has earned him commendations, and likewise, criticisms from various groups. But Filipinos globally have continued to express their support and appreciation for the changes he is trying to bring about for the nation and the people.
And so on his special day it surprises us no more that greetings have poured online (and offline, too). #DuterteBirthday
For his part, Tay Digong has expressed in a previous interview that he only wants a few things for his birthday; to have more strength to finish his work and time to spend with his family.
“So my wish really, my prayer to God is that bigyan niya ako ng konting lakas na lang to do our — overwork time because it is needed,” he said as per an ABS CBN story; adding that he also wants to pray to God to bless the Philippines.
Meanwhile, here are a few of the greetings we found online:
“Kami po ay dumadalangin sa Poong Maykapal, nawa ay bigyan pa kayo ng mahabang buhay, magandang kalusugan at lakas ng pangangatawan, upang inyo pang magampanan ang mga pangako sa taong bayan — na patuloy na kumakapit sa pag-asang makakamtan ang tunay na kapayapaan, katahimikan at kaunlaran ng ating Inang Bayan.” Love from the United Kingdom Duterte Diehard Supporters (UK-DDS) and UnitedDDS, OFW Globally.
In a video created by Milo Diasanta of Milo Photography with the combined effort of Jepoy Eduria Balighot of Jhepoy Photography, using the music “SALAMAT AMA” (A Tribute Song to Beloved PRRD by Climax Band Philippines), overseas Filipino workers are greeting Tatay Digong on his birthday!