Duterte’s war on drugs paving way for bullish economy


President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte only recently got appraised on his 50th day in office and while his bloody campaign against illegal drugs became the fodder for media nobody can deny, however, that we may be seeing the turn-around of the country for the better.

It looks like trust and confidence in Duterte’s leadership among Filipinos has even grown stronger because he is doing exactly what he promised to do if elected, which was to waged war against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.

Not only has Duterte consolidated his political power in congress but he seem to be getting also the support of practically all sectors of Philippine society, even some ranking officials of the Catholic church, because they have all seen the seriousness and determination of his resolve to put an end to the ills that have been plaguing the country all these years so it could start moving forward towards economic growth and development.

While the Duterte administration is busy conducting a violent and highly controversial anti-drugs campaign, the president has not lost sight of the fact that peace and stability are important factors for a country’s sustained growth and development, thus, his initiative to be in harmony with the communists and the Muslim rebels in Mindanao.

This gesture of promoting friendship, reconciliation, unity and smoking the peace pipe is very much welcomed by the business community which is now foreseeing a surge in new investments by local and foreign nationals.

Other factors that are giving the business sector a positive outlook for the future is the government’s plan to start immediately prioritizing infrastructure spending and cutting of red tapes.

That Duterte has asked congress for an emergency power to address the horrendous traffic problem in Manila is an added boost to the morale of the businessmen.

In May, Duterte told the country’s main telecom providers to speed up the internet, or he would junk laws that prohibit foreign competition.

Duterte’s economic plan also includes lowering corporate and income taxes.

While the outside world may be critical of the killings following Duterte’s war against illegal drugs, it has in no way affected the economic performance of the country.

Only recently the government announced that the Philippine economy grew at 7 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier, its highest level in three years. It makes the Philippines the fastest growing among all countries that have reported so far for the second quarter.

It has been reported that the mainstays of the economy – remittances and the outsourcing sector – are flourishing and boosting domestic consumption.

What this means simply is that Duterte is leading this country in the right direction, regardless of how many are killed in his war against drugs or whether he has called the US ambassador gay or he has ruffled the feathers of the UN by calling some members stupid.

That is the long and short of it.

Duterte finally turns his back at the presidency


Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has announced that he no longer has ambitions in his colorful political career and, thus, finally decided that he was turning his back at the presidency.

“After consulting my family and everybody else connected to my life, I would like to categorically state now and also for the agony of those waiting for those who believe in me: hindi ako tatakbo pagkapresidente,” the mayor said.

“In 2016, I will retire from public life for good. I believe it’s no longer my time to be in politics,” Duterte said.

It keeps me wondering, though, that if Duterte was dominating in the poll surveys of preferred candidates for president, would he still be in contention?

Being number three all the time in the surveys, perhaps, did not give Duterte enough impetus and confidence that somewhere ahead he could take over the lead and be able to sustain it.

Presumably Duterte was just being realistic that without a strong political party supporting him and with limited resources to boot, it was just impossible for him to overtake and be the leading opposition candidate for president in 2016.

Duterte must have been aware also that surveys don’t lie – almost always the results shown come out to be what it is.

Social media have been a great endorser of Duterte’s candidacy, simply because of how he was able to get rid of criminality in Davao City and turned it into a premier city of the country. The longing and the ardent desire was for Duterte to duplicate his success on a larger scale that would encompass the whole country.

Unfortunately many do not subscribe to the means Duterte had been using in attaining the ends he wanted for Davao.

Duterte’s style of governance may have worked in Davao City, but applied to the whole archipelago it would be a disaster.

Duterte’s personality is unique and to a certain extent exemplary, but what good would it be for the country if having your character aped by your leaders in government will only bring chaos and anarchy in the streets because the very people imposing the law does not have the charisma of Duterte himself?

One will therefore notice that despite being acclaimed and admired as a benevolent and fearless leader in Davao City, yet he has been lagging behind Sen. Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay as the preferred leader of the country.

Duterte must have realized also at the end that his kind of personality and leadership style does not win him elections, especially if it concerns being the leader of the country, for how come a traditional politician like Poe and Binay continue to rank higher than a decisive, effective and selfless politician like Duterte?

I don’t think Duterte turned his back from the presidency because he is old and tired. Not only does he want to find himself owing some people a favor for the financial support given him should he run and lose, but most of all understanding most Filipino people’s psyche during elections is somewhat distressing and demoralizing and, perhaps, exhausting, too.

Gone are those days….

Sharing with you the simple ways and simple plays that made our days exhilaratingly complete…those were the days and happy to be part of that generation!



Boys Diving off Pier

Diving off Pier








To appreciate further what this is all about, let me share with you this video that depicts the simplicity of life before the advent of the digital age.


After Yolanda, Korina does it again with Ruby

korinaIt looks like it is getting to be a habit for Korina Sanchez, ABS-CBN news anchor, to be making a faux pas every time we are visited and pummeled by a typhoon.

Who can’t forget the controversy she created when, in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda’s deadly destruction of Tacloban City, Korina took a potshot at CNN’s Anderson Cooper for not knowing what he was talking about when the latter criticized the government for its slow response in helping the severely afflicted community. This, when Korina was attending to her scheduled program inside a studio booth, while Anderson was on the ground witnessing first hand and reporting as the events unfolded in the devastated place.

Now, with another powerful typhoon, named Ruby, threatening the country, Korina has made again some reckless remarks that have been feasted by social media enthusiasts. This happened when the TV Patrol anchors were talking, off-the-cuff, about the impending visit of Ruby, where Korina wished Japan ill-well, suggesting that Filipinos should pray and hope that the onslaught of typhoon Ruby might as well be re-directed towards Japan and save the nation from destruction since the Japanese can cope better.

I don’t think any respected newsperson should utter such stupid and insensitive remarks, more so that she is the wife of no less than the Interior Secretary, Mar Roxas, who has flown to Samar ahead of Ruby’s arrival to make sure government responses this time are adequately administered.

Whether the comment was made as a joke or in serious, the hankering is unjustified and foul in whatever language it is used.

Poor Mar, he is already lagging behind in the presidential polls for 2016 and he has Korina who is pulling him farther down. What a calamity for Mar!

(For those who haven’t seen or heard yet the off-the-cuff conversation of Korina, Noli de Castro and Ted Failon on the subject, I am sharing with you this video.)