Senator RichardGordonthought President Rodrigo Duterte’s
inauguration was “one of the best” he has seen in its simplicity, complementing
the country’s new leader for “reassuring” words in his first address as the
Philippines’ new topofficial.
Reached by phone, Gordon, among select guests invited
to the inaugural held in Malacañang at noon Thursday, thought the tough-talking
former Davao City Mayor was “presidential” in his speech.
“I think this is one of the best, very simple.
If I were to do it, I would have done it that way,” said Gordon, who ran
for President but lost in 2010.
“He is presidential today. He didn’t go
overboard. The expectation was that he will go overboard,” he said,
in apparent reference to Mr. Duterte’s known propensity to curse in his public speeches.
Gordon said Mr. Duterte addressed
everyone that needed to hear a message from him, among them government
officials, the business sector, and diplomatic corps, and the
“He was speaking to the whole world, an entire
audience of the world, and people are looking at him. And the words the world
wanted to hear — rule of law, dispatch in business, lack of corruption, justice for
all men — was spoken in well crafted language for the high and low,” Gordon said
when reached by phone. SFM