FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Big Box in Singapore on April 28, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
The overseas Filipino workers in Singapore are excited to hear President Rodrigo Duterte’s deliver his third State of the Nation Address today, July 23.
It can be recalled that 80% of Filipinos in Singapore voted for President Duterte. His two official visits to the country was well attended not only by the OFWs but also by Singaporeans and other nationalities.
“I’ve never seen such a down-to-earth [president] and really he loves all the Filipino people like his own kids, own children, he’s willing to kill to get all the drugs, all these drug addicts… just for the next generation of Filipino… really touched my heart… I mean, I never really seen such a good president,” a Singaporean named Mr. Leong said in admiration of Duterte.
One of the Duterte admin’s accomplishments that delighted OFWs hearts is the Republic Act 10928 extending the validity of Philippine passports to from 5 years to 10 years which was signed on August 2017.
Also, when the President, on his second visit in Singapore, announced the opening of embassies and consulars for service on Sundays.
“Gusto ko pong marinig sa ating Presidente ay yung mabigyang pansin yung mga bata sa Bongao, Tawi-Tawi nakakaawa po sila doon … kulang talaga sila sa atensyon ng ating gobyerno … tapos yung mga daan nila lubak-lubak tapos yun narinig ko mismo dun sa mga teachers nila na kailangan nila yun…yung atensyon na ipapagawa yung school nila doon dahil wala silang kubeta, wala silang tubig na para sa mga bata…” OFW Rosemarie Manrique Janola wished.
(I wish that Presidente Duterte will take notice of the children in Bongao, Tawi-tawi. They are really pitiful there… they lack government attention… the roads are rough and the school lacks toilets.)
While Singapore Filipino community leader Ms. Zeny Leong said, “Ang gusto ko pong marinig kay Tatay Digong at mai-balita sa buong mundo na sana matuloy na ang federalism parliament kase yun po ang maganda. Kase maghati-hati na yung [mga proposed states], kung saan mang lugar hahati-hatiin [yung resources ng government], hindi yung iisang lugar lang ang pagbibigyan ng lahat… sa buong bansa iisa lang napupuntahan, sa Maynila lang… kaya matagal ang flow ng pag-aasenso natin, buong Pilipino.”
(What I want to hear from President Duterte is the progress on the federalism parliament government change because it’s going to be good for our country because the resources of the government will be distributed equally to all the provinces and regions unlike in the present form of the government where it seems that all resources are concentrated in the National Capital Region only. This is why the flow of economic progress for our country is so slow.)
OFWs in Singapore also said that although they are away from the Philippines, they feel that there have been significant changes in the two years of the Duterte administration and also they pray for the continuation of progress in their native land so that they can retire early being OFWs and be with their family. — Maila Guevara/ UNTV News & Rescue