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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte urged the public to unite against those who are trying to divide the country by promoting violent extremism and sowing fear, hatred, and terror among Filipinos.

President Rodrigo Duterte during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday.
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The President made the appeal at the 24th anniversary celebration of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in Malacañang Thursday evening.

Duterte, in his speech, urged the public to unite to achieve genuine and lasting peace in the country.

“Let us unite against those who promote violent extremism, sow divisions, hatred and terror among our people,” Duterte said.

“Let us stand firm and resolute as we work together for a just, unifying, and lasting peace in our country,” he added.

Duterte also thanked the OPAPP for its efforts in achieving peace in the country despite being a relatively young agency.

“Look where you are now. In just a short span of time, you achieved goals that many doubted that you would be able to accomplish,” Duterte said.

“Your efforts turned enemies into friends and partners brought hope to conflict-torn areas, communities, and uplifted the spirits of people who for decades dreamt only of peace,” he added.

Duterte, citing the OPAPP’s perseverance and dedication, said lasting peace is possible and that the country can rise to become a stronger and more unified nation.

“Your perseverance has convinced us that regardless of our diversity and differences, all Filipinos will stand together as one towards attaining our aspirations of peace and prosperity,” he said.

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