President Rodrigo Duterte won the 2016 elections by more than 6 million votes against LP (Liberal Party) standard bearer Mar Roxas has proved that the Filipinos are for ‘change’, The Filipinos chose to elect the President who could make a difference.
Duterte during the campaign period has been very transparent regarding his plans once elected as President and has reiterated several times that if he wins, he will eliminate corruption and crime. He also warned drug users and pushers in the country “to better surrender or it will be bloody.”
Duterte mentioned that the main problem of the country is drugs, and that is why launching a campaign against it was on the top of his priorities.
Sugarcoating is not Duterte’s way to make people feel safe, but instead, he allowed the country to be aware regarding the real status of drugs in the country.
In his very first few months, the President’s effort in battling drugs led to at least over half a million drug users surrendered during the nationwide drug campaign led by General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.
Besides the number of those surrendered, around over 1,500 of alleged drug users, pushers, and drug lords were taken down during entrapment and buy-bust operations.
“Do your duty and I will die for you,” the statement of the PNP’s Commander-in-chief Rodrigo Duterte during the turnover rites at Camp Crame.
“And if there is a resistance that would place your life in jeopardy, then by all means shoot and shoot him dead. That is my order,” he added.
The President being very vocal about his support on the PNP against the war on drugs has reminded the troops not to misuse their authority and added that he would not tolerate any abuses committed by the law enforcers of the country.
Duterte accused as the mastermind of extrajudicial killings but then clarifies that the death of a criminal will only occur once there is a violent resistance that could jeopardize the life of law enforcers.
Besides the administration’s campaign on drugs, several accomplishments reported during the first few months in the office.
One-Stop service center for OFWs
The President has implemented a one-stop-shop which would cater the needs of OFW’s in processing government needed requirements.
The said one-stop service center would not just allow them to save money on travel expenses, but it would also expedite the processing of documents.
911 Emergency hotline, 8888 for complaints
911 serves as the nationwide hotline that would allow faster response for emergencies depending on the situation. The said hotline originally came from the US for the same purpose. Furthermore, the implementation of the national hotlines is the first time in history for the country.
The number 8888 will then allow Filipinos to report and issues concerning government offices, the 8888 hotline would allow citizens to report any irregularities in any government offices instantly. This hotline’s primary goal is to eliminate corruption and to make sure that employees are doing their job well.
Financial Assistance for OFW’s
The government allocated 500 million as Financial aid to OFW’s in Saudi to help them recover. The government also gave free legal advice and promised to shoulder the studies of the children of OFW’s as added benefit.
The current administration is working double time to fix the needs of the country but might take a few years, but the important thing for Filipinos is that they are feeling the change. The leader which the country has now has the heart to lead and could make the Philippines a developing country resulting to a better future.