MORE than three years after assuming the top political post of the land, President Duterte continues to show his determination to meet the mushrooming needs of the burgeoning population.
And it appears urgent on the government, through concerned offices and agencies, to deliver on its avowed pro-poor agenda during the last 29 months of the Duterte presidency.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said tough-talking President Duterte would remain firm with his resolve to improve the living conditions of the more than 100 million Filipinos.
“Basta si Pangulo, nagtatrabaho siya. Gaya nga ng sinabi niya, he couldn’t care less ke matuwa kayo o hindi, bigyan niyo ako ng approval rating na mataas o mababa,” said Panelo.
A newspaper report quoted Duterte as saying that his job is to serve the people and ensure their safety “sa paraan na alam kong ikabubuti ninyo, anuman ang mangyari sa buhay ko, sa aking kalayaan, at sa aking kalusugan.”
The six-year Duterte presidency, which started in June 2016 and ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, is focused on ending the illegal drug menace and eradicating criminality and graft and corruption.
Earlier, a feng shui and Chinese astrology consultant said that the long-time mayor of Davao City, a lawyer and former state prosecutor, would likely use his “problem-solving” skills to his advantage.
Of course, we share the view of many quarters that government authorities should employ all means to address all the problems confronting the Philippines and the Filipino people.
And democracy can be made better by uplifting the living conditions of the people, notably the poorest of the poor not only in the countryside but throughout the country.
Let’s doff our hat to Duterte for not backing off from his commitment to speed up the socio-economic development of this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people.