PRESIDENT Duterte has shown that he is out to fulfill his election promises, notably those against illegal drugs, corruption and crime, before his six-year presidency ends in June 2022.
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said the impact of Duterte’s focus on these issues is now being felt by the people 11 months after the latter assumed the top political post of the land.
Next month, the first Mindanaoan Chief Executive completes the first 12 months of his six-year administration.
Although ridding the country of shabu and other prohibited drugs, criminals and corrupt public servants is better said than done, it is not an impossible mission as long as the people support it.
Thus, it is heartening to note that majority of the more than 100 million people, many of them poor, expect Duterte to “fulfill most, if not all, of his promises” he made during the 2016 presidential campaign period.
Abella made the remarks after the Social Weather Station (SWS) released last week the results of a survey showing that up to 52 percent of Filipinos expect Duterte to fulfill his promises.
Likewise, the hard-hitting President continues to enjoy widespread public support despite a number of controversies hounding his all-out war against drug trafficking and drug abuse.
Many quarters, including the ordinary citizens not only in the metropolis but elsewhere, described the results of the survey as “a vote confidence from the Filipino people.”
Seen as a welcome development, the public confidence in President Duterte will go a long way in bringing the government, through its offices and agencies, closer to the Filipino people.
And we are made to believe that President Duterte’s programs and projects favor the poor, who comprise the bulk of the Philippine population, and other unfortunate members of society.