EDITORIAL| First 100 days

“The first 100 days is the period when the President traditionally enjoys a honeymoon of sorts with his traditional critics –the media, the political opposition and, in the Philippine case, a vigilant Church leadership. The first three months are a look-see period for the media, a let’s-give-him-a-try season for the opposition. It is the first baby steps for the new administration.”

  • Adrian Cristobal, The Millennium President

No doubt we have a President who has nerves of steel to do what he thinks is best for the Filipino people. Riding on the 16 million voters who believe in his sincerity to fulfill his campaign promises, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has achieved more in his first 100 days than any other President in the history of the nation. He has also become one of the most controversial leader here and abroad at this time.

This was underscored in yesterday’s Panag-ambit (sharing) entitled “Duterte’s First 100 Days: Mga Banat at Talumpati ng Tapang at Malasakit” organized by the University of Mindanao College of Arts and Sciences Education. The guest speakers were Undersecretary to the Office of the President Jesus Melchor Quitain Jr. and Undersecretary to the Cabinet Secretary Peter Lavinia, both alumni of the university.

Usec Quitain, who has worked closely with the President, said that all the cuss words that pepper Pres. Duterte’s speech is not because he is angry with the people but because he is angry and frustrated that the past administration has not served the people’s needs. “He wants to do everything at once,” Usec Quitain said, underlining the President’s impatience and political will.

“The President is tough. There is no question about that.

“But beneath that façade of toughness beats a heart for the poor, the needy and the underprivileged. Maybe it is because his family was once more poor than affluent that he is able to relate closely with the masses.

“And because of his leadership and style of governance, the people feel safe and secure because they are truly safe and secure. They are inspired and disciplined,” Usec Quitain said.

100 days after he assumed office, the President’s greatest achievement, Quitain said, is that people has regained trust in government, thus, rekindling people’s hope.

The honeymoon period is over.

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