THE Philippines is at last blessed with having a president who is a typical Filipino in social status and attitude to social and political concerns. He is someone who is genuinely the choice of the majority of Filipino electorate.
Lovingly remembered, Ramon Magsaysay is thought of to be such a Filipino president. But “the Guy” only became known here and abroad as “the man of the masses” as a result of a massive political operation, including a heavy public relations program. It was a project mainly financed by the US government, and carried out by Filipino political figures of the Nacionalista Party, US Embassy people and CIA operatives.
The effort to make the former Zambales congressman and President Elpidio Quirino’s resigned Defense Secretary win the 1953 presidential elections was part of the US anti-Communist strategy in Southeast Asia.
The Liberal Party of the late Manuel A. Roxas was unjustly demonized as a thoroughly corrupt organization. Magsaysay defected to the weak though respected Nacionalista Party which then, despite the presence of Jose P. Laurel and Claro M. Recto, became the vehicle for a CIA-supported reformist movement.
DU30 won on his own steam
President DU30 is seen as a man of the masses too. But he won by his own steam—and a few wealthy businessmen’s donations.
One hundred and four days after he took office. President Duterte continues to nourish the hopes of our people that he will finish his term six years from now as the victor in the war against massive poverty and government corruption.
In remarks made at the Café Adriatico Forum on August 18, which was the 50th day of the President’s being in office, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar spoke about the administration’s success in its war against illegal drugs.
He also emphasized the President’s earnestness in making transparency a normal trait of his government, which is why he has issued an Executive Order defining what information government officials and employees should readily give the people—including the media—when they ask. Media groups have however objected to some passages of the EO, because these could in fact give government officials a reason not to supply the facts they are asked to provide.
Malacañang’s matrix of evil-doers
Secretary Martin Andanar also cited as a presidential achievement the exposés against local executives, police generals, judges and other top officials in government.
Malacañang has indeed probably shoot itself in the foot when it partially issued a matrix showing it’s knowledge of the proliferation of drugs throughout the country and the extent of the drug trade, which turns out to have involved police officials and, during the Macapagal years, involved now Senator and then Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima.
Senator de Lima of course irately denied President Duterte’s accusation. But Malacañang, through current Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, presented, at a House hearing, witnesses from the state penitentiary (NBP) claiming to know that Sen. De Lima was close to a man who controlled the countrywide drug trade from inside the Bilibid.
The Palace’s attacks on Sen. De Lima came as a rejoinder to her revelation of gruesome deedss by people in power, including the operation of a so-called Davao Death Squad.
President streamlining bureaucracy
We also see that President has started to order moves to streamline the bureaucracy. He has also promised to raise the salary of teachers.
He has raised the salary of soldiers. This is a noteworthy move. It does good to the morale and well being of our soldiers. It also does something to balance the adverse reaction of those in the military who object to President Duterte’s release of detained Communists and New People’s Army soldiers, as a goodwill gesture to the CPP-NPA side on the eve of peace talks with the government.
Earlier, the President declared a unilateral ceasefire in the government’s war with the Communist Party’s armed wing when the NPA seemed to refuse to respond to the GPH’s gesture. But the NPA some days later did issue a ceasefire order to its soldiers.
A Netizen’s list of DU30’s achievements
Some of the President’s ardent fans have listed his achievements these past 104 days in social media. They are simple. But they are many and impressive—though some of the achievements could not have happened if town, city and provincial governments had not done their work too.
From the web we find and publish unedited a list of DU30’s achievement in his first 100 days” posted on September 27, 2016 by “pinoytrending.”
“Netizen Joseph Quino shared a list of Duterte achievement in his first 100 days as President of the Philippines.
“Despite the controversies that the current administration faced, President Duterte didn’t stop to do his job and he successfully achieved 55 things in his first 100 days.
“Netizens said that the first 100 days of Duterte administration were more productive than the past administrations.
“1. The indefinite ceasefire between the MNLF, MILF, CPP NDF and the government (to support peace talks in Norway)
“2. The centralized action and complaint hotlines – 911 and 8888
“3. The one stop shop for OFWs in the POEA which is way better than before.
“4. The opening of the DAR gates which were closed for 18 years
“5. The distribution of the long overdue Hacienda Luisita lands to the farmers
“6. The distribution of agricultural equipment that were purchased by the previous government but were not distributed for some political reasons
“7. The immediate repatriation of stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia (which if I remember it right, one brother was crying when he finally touched base simply because he could now be reunited with his loved ones because those who were sent by the previous government only visited them for some selfies with them.)
“8. The unsuccessful shot at the airport has finally stopped right after PRRD took office. I personally experienced that worry free moment and noticed that no more luggages are plastic wrapped.
“9. The services in the government agencies are much faster and employees have started to treat the people with some respect and even with a smile. The transactions are much better these days.
“10. The legit Balikbayan boxes are no longer mishandled.
“11. The irrigation projects for the farmers have already started nationwide.
“12. The almost 700,000 surrenderees who have promised to change their lives.
“13. The removal of processing fee on travel tax exemption
“14. The resubmission of 2,000 pesos SSS pension bill
“15. The much empowered servicemen who are now willing to serve the country with pride and higher self esteem
“16. The servicemen’s one in a million opportunity and dinner in Malacañang
“17. The rounds of the defense in all camps to see what each station needs so that they can give better service to the country
“18. The shutdown / closure of some mining companies that destroy the country’s natural resources
“19. The removal of the fishing pens in Laguna Lake to give other small fishermen a fair chance to use it for their livelihood
“20. The new buses from the airport to many major hubs in nearby cities
“21. The one sack of rice added to 4Ps cash assistance to our less fortunate fellowmen
“22. The servicemen’s salary increase which is bound to happen any moment soon – and the soon to be built state of the art hospital equipped for them.
“23. The hastened release of benefits claimed by the family of our fallen men
“24. The increased allowance of our delegates to the Olympics
“25. The immediate signing of the Freedom of Information EO.
“26. The exposes against local executives, police generals, judges and other top officials in government involved in the drug trade
“27.The now better looking cleaner Baclaran, Divisoria and other public places
“28. The employment increase and unemployment decrease
“29. The exposes against oligarchs who have been evading to pay taxes
“30. The lower street crimes because most of the nutters who are more likely to commit the crimes have already surrendered and are identified
“31. The Mindanao peace process that has resumed again in Malaysia
“32. The bilateral talks with China over the West Philippine Sea dispute
“33. The launch of Oplan TokHang which has more positive results
“34. The cooperation and openness of fenced subdivisions for elite Oplan TokHang as they show support to the war on drugs campaign
“35. The billions worth of drugs seized in the operation
“36. The closure of so many drug labs all over the country, including the floating shabu laboratories operated by Chinese drug lords
“37. The more regulated and SAF manned Bucor
“38. The no VIP treatment for government officials in airports
“39. The ongoing improvement of the MRT / LRT service and other major thoroughfares
“40. The Customs Bureau’s installation of CCTVs all over the place to promote transparency
“41. The crackdown of NBP Drug Trade and the expose ‘of Leila de Lima
“42. DFA is now faster in processing passports.
“43. Fixers are now out of sight
“44. End of Contractualization
“45. No more age limit requirements for all job seekers.
“46. The closure of online gambling. From 4 thousand outlets during the Arroyo admin, 8 thousand outlets during Aquino admin, to zero under Duterte.
“47. OEC exemption for OFWs returning to the same employer. Finally no need to pay and go through the troublesome process of acquiring OEC.
“48. The order to extend passport validity to 10 years
“49. The curfew hour for minors.
“50. The release of Abu Sayyaf hostages
“51. The license validity extension up to five years
“52. Karaoke ban after 10:00 pm. Peace at last!
“53. The cleaning up of LTO and LTFRB
“54. The deputation of Badjaos as Bantay Dagat
“55. The DAR and BFAR boat’s distribution program, feeding fishers for life
“Netizen lauds Joseph for his effort in creating a list of Duterte’s achievement, but sad that, as they believe, that the media didn’t give any time to show the achievement of the President.”