Duterte should be given space – Aquino

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday said his successor, Rodrigo Duterte, should be “given time” to familiarize himself with the rigors of the office, noting that he himself has a “self-imposed ban” on making comments for at least a year.

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“So, hopefully the democratic space would be even widened and there is room for all the good suggestions to be able to put it into reality. I have imposed a ban on myself with my successor na no comment ako on what I expect them to do for at least a year,” the President said during a meeting with graduates of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cadet Engineering Program in Malacañang.

He made the remark after he was asked to comment on the appointment of former Rep. Mark Villar as Public Works secretary. He said the Villars, including former Sen. Manny Villar who ran against him for the presidency in 2010, are friends.

“So, can I just say na I am hoping that everybody remembers that what we are doing is for the country and that nobody loses track of ‘yung: Why are you here? And that is to serve the people. And it is important that we serve the people all the time,” said Aquino.

He said Duterte’s greatest challenge would be to “balance” all suggestions given to him. Based on his own experience, Aquino said a president must know how to differentiate “righteous pieces of advice” from “an advice with agenda and those that are nonsense.”

By personally keeping his silence, the President said he is actually “helping the country.”

“So, tulong ko na para sa bayan natin, quiet na lang ako. Pagbigyan na muna siya bigyan ng oras para masanay doon sa trabaho at mabawasan ‘yung ingay na gumugulo sa masusing pag-aaral ng kung anumang problema,” he pointed out.

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