President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has received a special request. Andre Gabriel Custodio Esteban, an 11-year-old Filipino boy from Fresno, California, wrote a letter to President Duterte, as shared by his mother on Facebook.
In his letter, Andre expressed his pride as a Filipino, and how he hopes to meet President Duterte in person someday.
Andre is a 6th grade student at Fresno Adventist Academy.
The reason for his letter, Andre writes, is he is making a nationality report on the Philippines for class, on Nov. 15, and he wants to talk about President Duterte.
Andre goes on to say that he understands that President Duterte is very busy because he is a hardworking president, and that he “admires [the President] greatly.”
Andre asks our hardworking President if, for his nationality report, President Duterte can send a short video saying hello to Andre’s teacher, Mrs. Ricchiuti (pronounced “Ri-Kyu-Ti”), his classmates, and himself. The letter ends, “Maraming maraming salamat po! God bless you po! Sincerely, Andre.”
Andre’s mother shared the letter asking if anyone could help her get her son’s letter to our President.
Like Andre, we here at MindaNation understand our President is a very busy and hardworking president. But, with such a genuine, heart-felt letter from an 11-year-old boy, who could say no?
We hope that somehow Andre’s letter gets to the President in time for his Nationality Report next month. And if the President does send him a personal video to say hello, can you imagine how happy Andre will be? We hope President Duterte gets this letter and finds the time to do a short video, only a few seconds, to say hi, and make a young Filipino boy in California’s wish come true.