FINAL BOW. Former President Rodrigo Duterte takes his final bow in front of the Dabawenyos Thursday night (June 30, 2022) during a homecoming concert in Davao City. He thanked the Dabawenyos for supporting him and other members of his family who are into politics. (PNA photo by Che Palicte)

DAVAO CITY – Former President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to continue the fight against criminality and illegal drugs in his capacity as a private citizen.

During a homecoming concert Thursday evening here, Duterte thanked the Dabawenyos for their continued support during his stint as the country’s Chief Executive.

“Thank you very much for making me your mayor, as well as Inday and Baste and Pulong as your congressman. I don’t have anything to ask from you; this is already too much,” he said.

He also reminded Dabawenyos of the perils of illegal drugs, saying if a member of a family is into drugs, then that person would resort to robbery and eventually killing.

“There are a lot of families who suffer because of drugs,” he said.

Duterte said he also hopes Davao City will continue to improve to attract more investors and provide jobs for the Dabawenyos.

Duterte was given final military honors and departed the Palace Thursday morning, marking the end of his six-year presidency.

The former president skipped Marcos’ inauguration and took a commercial flight that arrived in Davao City in the evening, where well-wishers welcomed him at his homecoming concert. (PNA)