Political experts assess Duterte’s first year in office
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, June 30th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Several congressmen gave President Rodrigo Duterte high scores for his performance in his first year in office.
Ako-Bicol party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe gave him an 8.7 mark for improving the peace and order situation in towns and cities.
1-Edukasyon party list Rep. Salvador Belaro gave him 8 for the administration’s policy direction and focus on the Philippine development plan.
And although House minority leader Cong. Danilo Suarez did not give the president an equally high mark, he said he recognizes the chief executive’s achievements on the drug war.
“I’ll give him a 6,” said Suarez.
“Na-cap niya yung (he capped the) growth [of drug users]. Huminto iyong pagtaas ng bilang ng gumagamit (The rise in the number of drug users stopped). And in this one year, the fact that he managed to put a cap on it is already a monumental achievement — but the big drug lords are still there,” he added.
On the other hand, University of the Philippines political science assistant professor Jean Franco praised Duterte’ s economic team, saying this is one the highlights of the President’s first year in office.
“He appointed a good economic team, which is good for the economy because it will definitely be continuing what the previous administration has started with regard to economic policies,” she said.
However, Franco criticized the performance of the President’s Cabinet for their lack of coordination, and added that some undeserving individuals were also appointed to position.
“I think it is the Cabinet that lacks direction. They have to be more coordinative and they have to speak with one voice.
“Sabi the best the brightest ang miyembro ng Cabinet, at nakita naman natin na may mga not so bright and not so best, and iyong nagiging katatawanan nalang iyong iba diba? Eh may pinanghahawakan silang pusisyon,” said Franco.
Translation: (They said members of the Cabinet are the best and the brightest but there are those who are not so bright and not so best, while some have even become a laughing stock, right? But they have a position to uphold.)
When asked who she thinks is among those who are less deserving of the post, Franco said, “The Secretary of Justice, di ba (right?) Eh napaka importante noon eh (That position is so important).”
And while the President prioritized his campaign promise to combat illegal drugs, Franco said he made a mistake when he placed a deadline to this promise.
“Iyong (the) war on drugs will also tell you na (that) it is a complex problem and I think the president sort of underestimated the severity of the problem when he gave himself a deadline during the campaign, and you now see him extending the deadline.
Public administration professor Edna Co, on the other hand, said it is still early to conclude that the President cannot fulfill all what he has promised.
“Hindi pa kasi tapos iyong semester, kumbaga sa eskwela. Hindi pa tapos iyong panahon para sabihin na hindi niya ito absolutely natupad kasi mahaba pa ang panahon na lalakbayin eh,” she said.
Translation: (Like in school, the semester is not yet over, so to speak. The period to be able to say that he absolutely did not fulfill his promises is not yet over because it’s still a long journey ahead.)
“So I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt na kaya niya talaga magawa ang kanyang ipinangako ( that he can carry out his promises). At itong (and this) year one, partial palang (only); bahagi palang (it’s just a part),” Co added.
Both political experts are recommending to President Duterte the strengthening of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) so that he can push forward better the legislative agenda of his administration. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are set to conduct information campaign across the country to educate the public on the benefits of federalism.
DILG Assistant Secretary at federalism campaign chief Jonathan Malaya is confident that the general public will welcome the Duterte administration’s federal form of government.
“Ang ipapaliwanag mo na lang sa kanila is yung mas malaking pondong pupunta sa kanilang LGU (local government unit), yung serbisyong mas maganda (What needs to be explained to them is the bigger fund that will go to LGUs and the better services) ,” said Malaya.
Aside from its benefits, DILG also has other ways to make the concept easily understandable to the masses.
“Mag-iikot po kami (We will be going around). Gagawa po kami ng komiks, meron kaming mga kung ano-ano (We will be producing comics and other stuff),” said the campaign chief. “We produced this book with all of the leading federalists because we want to clear the issues,” he said.
Also, Malaya said the local government will have a huge role to help in the realization of the campaign.
The Duterte administration targets to implement federalism before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — In what he describes as “purge regime,” President Rodrigo Duterte is preparing to fire up to 70 active police, three generals and one government official in the coming days.
This was announced by the chief executive himself last night during a Pagcor event in Manila.
“I am in the thick of firing people. I intend to fire another maybe 70 or 49 policemen and three generals for corruption. In the next few days, this is really a purging regime,” said President Duterte.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he was not given permission to disclose the names of the people the president was referring to and the particular reasons for their dismissal.
The President said he really spends time cleaning the government of corruption and he will do this until he steps down from his post.
“I think that I’ll be spending a lot of time just to clean up government and would consume four years for the time that I would be there,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malacañang said it is possible for President Duterte to hold office in Mindanao for a longer time than in Manila in the coming days.
This was revealed by Secretary Roque because lately the President held his engagements more often in Davao City and he even welcomed foreign dignitaries in the Malacañang of the south — the Panacañang.
“It appears that the President intends to spend more time in Mindanao governing rather than in Malacañang,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The number of illegal drug users ballooned during the period when the Philippine National Police (PNP) was not part of the war on drugs campaign of the government.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Director Oscar Albayalde said illegal users had more courage to return to their vice within the two months the PNP has no anti-drug operations.
“Maraming barangay officials na nagsabi na harap-harapan pa sa kanila nagtatarya sila at tapos sasabihin nila, hindi naman kami pwedeng hulihin ng pulis ngayon,” said Albayalde.
(Many barangay officials say illegal drug would conduct a pot session in front of them saying they could not be arrested by policemen.)
Now that the PNP is back to the war on drugs scene, Albayalde vowed to intensify the NCRPO’s anti-illegal drug campaign this year.
According to the general, the Oplan Tokhang and the Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP are effective in resolving the problem in illegal drug use and trading.
“Those millions of people would not have surrendered, and those thousands more would not have been arrested if this campaign is not effective,” said the NCRPO chief.
Proof of this, said the chief of the Metro Manila police, is the lower number of crimes related to illicit drugs in 2017.
He said that illegal drug-related crimes were lower by 18 percent in 2017 compared to the recorded number in 2016.
“The continuous decrease of these eight focused crimes is attributed to the NCRPO’s intensified implementation of Project Double Barrel Alpha, Project Double Barrel Reloaded and the intensified implementation of our enhanced managing police operations,” said the police chief.
Albayalde said the NCRPO will conduct more anti-drug operations this year.
He noted that the police will visit individuals, whose names are on the drug watch list, and will ask them to stop their illegal activity.
The NCRPO chief clarified that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will still focus on high-value targets, while the PNP will go after drug suspects in communities.
The NCRPO has yet to set a date on when its campaign against illegal drugs will begin. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue
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