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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pres. Duterte: The man who has it all

By: Mary May A. Abellon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines elected by the Filipino people, receiving 16,601,997 votes in the last national elections.

The people have seen him as a catalyst for change, providing leadership for the country.  Indeed, Pres. Duterte did not disappoint the Filipinos that even just days from his presidency, more than majority of the people have seen the changes they all wanted.

Mary Faye Jane R. Guillena, 31, entrepreneur and a resident of Barangay Estaka, Dipolog City was full of praises for Pres. Duterte.

“Ok kaayo ang pagdumala ni Pres. Duterte sa atong nasud tungod kay daghang milikay na ug gamit sa illegal drugs,” she stressed during the interview in her little store and carenderia.

(I am very contented with Pres. Duterte’s governance in our country because many have now avoided using illegal drugs.)

She added that the children were no longer roaming and wandering around the city every night because parents became more responsible and strict of not letting their children go out at night.

Moreover, she was ecstatic in narrating that her neighbors were no longer drinking alcoholic beverages in sidewalks and no more singing in “videokes” from 10 p.m. onwards.

Absolutely, change has come and Pres. Duterte becomes the living instrument of that transformation the people wanted.

Raul Tindog, 57 years old, master cutter of a small tailoring shop in Dipolog City was at first reluctant to speak when this writer approached him with camera and microphone.

But as we told him that we will be asking about his views on Pres. Duterte’s first 50 days of presidency, he smiled gleefully and expressed his thoughts out.

“Sa tinood lang wala ko mibutar niya, pero para nako okay kaayo si Duterte pagka president. Dako kayo ug kausaban ang akong nakita sama sa pagpakgang sa drugs. Kuntentong kuntento kaayo ko, siguro padulong nata sa kauswagan. Mitoo ko nga maubos na ang krimen. Nagmahay ko nganong wala nako siya gibotaran sa eleksiyon,” Mang Raul said.

(Honestly, I did not vote for him but for me Duterte is very acceptable as president. I’ve seen a big difference in the way he fights illegal drugs. I am very much contented, I think we are now headed for progress and development. I believe that crime rate decreases. I regret I did not vote for him last election.)
In Zamboanga del Norte, the people hoped that the President will succeed in having the people follow his policies especially those that are difficult to enforce.