Duterte announces his eight major initiatives to fulfill his commitments to eradicate crime, stop corruption, remove red tape, protect OFWS
In s sweeping actions, Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte has been announcing major changes in the government to validate his promises during election campaign to overhaul the government systems and to strongly enhance efficiency and effecting in serving the people.
“Change is coming and I promise to make a big change within my six months of presidency. There are many things that can be done. All what we need is the political will to do so,” said Duterte in one of the announcements he had done.
And to add more flavour to his colorful campaign, he says: “I don’t have the brilliance of Ferdinand Marcos, the smartness of Fidel Ramos or the eloquence of Miriam Santiago-Defensor. All that I can offer to the Filipino people is a good heart and common sense. Governance after all is just pure common sense,”
Dubbed by the foreign press as “The Punisher”, Presumptive President Duterte, during his election campaign sorties, vowed to eradicate crimes and drugs within the early months of his presidency, and establish a military government if there is need to effect the changes. He even warned the Congress to be abolished if his changes are not made.
These are the 8 major changes that Duterte will do when he officially proclaimed as the the 16th Presidents of the Philippines: re-imposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes like rape and drugs; end of the contractulization which violates the rights of the workers to earn an honest living; creation of the Department solely for the benefits of the Overseas Filipino Workers; a curfew for children; the liqour ban, crackdown of karaoke, the lag-lag bala, peace with China and lastly peace for Mindanao.
On contratualization Duterte says: “The moment I assume the presidency, contractrualization will stop. They have to stop it. That is injustice committed against the people of the Republic of the Philippines.”
And when Duterte learned that the luggages and boxes of the balikbayan would be brought to strict custom inspection, he warns:”Stop milking the OFWs.”
The Bureau of Customs plan to prey into the boxes of goods and presents sent by OFWs to the family.And Duterte has asked the government to stop treating the overseas workers like milking cows. He says:” Hindi nga nila matigil ‘yong smuggling ng bigas, karne ng baboy at manok, bawang at sibuyas. Why don’t they address these problems first.
On Mindanao where peace is an elusive dream for over four decades, he says in the final presidential debate: “The war in Mindanao runs deep. You know this may sound funny to you but when Magellan landed in Leyte, Islam was already planted firmly in Mindanao. Nothing will appease the Moro people if you do not give the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
And on the creation of a new department: Department of Overseas Filipino Workers, he strongly announces: They (overseas foreign workers) are asked to pay many fees just to work abroad and they are required to get licenses and permits. While abroad, they work hard, but when they come home, they are being shortchanged at the airport, robbed by taxi and by kotong cops.” Duterte added that if has his way, children of foreign workers should be given a guaranteed college education.
His concerns for the OFWs run deep. He firmly says: “Gobyerno na ang nagkulang tapos ngayon gobyierno pa rin ang lumalabas na nanggigipit sa kanila. Let us stop treating our foreign workers like milking cows.They deserve better deals.”
Added to the promise of eradicating crimes, he planned to reform the Philippine National Police (PNP) to suppress crime in six months.
And he wowed to continue the current administration to continue its economic plan by hiring some current bureaucratic heads to continue the programs of the government; and furthermore to make the system efficient, Duterte has invited the best of the Filipino to apply for major andminor government jobs. But there is a reminder: “If you send a letter of recommendations from a senator or representatives, wala na kayo (you’re out). Only the most qualified applicants will be accepted.”
As days go by leading to his frugal oath taking, Duterte has been announcing the members of his inner circle and many more announcements to effect the radical changes in his governance.
Political elites, political pundits and political credits seemed to be quiet these days of the major changes. But Duterte says: “Trillanes, hindi pa tayo tapos.” (“Trillanes, we are not finished yet.”)