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PHILIPPINES DUTERTE People Power Renaissance| “Change is coming!”

The Honorable President Duterte gets sworn in. | The American Press Service(T.A.P.S.)

Press Release Change is coming. President Duterte get sworn in PIC 1President Duterte’s neutral, people-centric position was established immediately and got the attention of The West, Americans and the entire world when he quoted US President Franklin D. Roosevelt:

President Duterte said, “The test of government is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

(Pictured above:  Compliments of EDP-Malacanang | THE PRESIDENT and his children.  President Rodrigo Duterte (center) own his way to The Palace Rizal Hall, where he will take his oath.  Proudly, accompanied by his children (L-R) Sebastian, Veronica, Sara and Paolo. )

In the room, it was obvious, many of the powers-that-be did not know exactly what to expect from the un-apologetic ‘Peoples President’ who stood in front of them, seemingly calling-them-out for nearly 20-minutes.  The newly elected People President, addressed his controversial tactics, the failure of government, the miss-appropriation of government funds, his desire to work with global interest and ultimately he ended by reminding the audience, ““I have no friends to serve…” insisting instead he was there for “The People” who voted him into office.

“Change must start with us and in us [The Powers That Be]… We have become our own worst enemies, and we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves.” –President, Rodrigo Duterte

Today marks another unique day in the Philippines modern history, in which ‘People Power’ has reigned again.  As the new, mind-boggling, landslide winner of the 2016 Presidential Election, President Duterte was sworn in, at Malacanang Palace in Manila, at noon, June 30th, he is the country’s 16th President and a trail-blazer, as the first from his region and social-class.  President Duterte is one of “The People”.

Times Magazine People Power Cover 1An amazing accomplishment in its own right, ‘The People’ or ‘Masa’ as they are called in the Philippines celebrate one of the largest shows of their democracy and power since the ‘People Revolution’ in 1986a.k.a “The Revolution that surprised the world.”

This time, somewhat silently, more sophisticated and more powerful, more than 16.6 million Filipino people and families, traveled up to 5-days to cast their votes for Duterte. The Filipino Pride for Duterte was everywhere; on everything from bracelets, to t-shirts and even Facebook Profile Apps were proudly displayed by millions and millions of people who supported the now President Duterte.

“We have to listen to the murmurings of the people… No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything… unless he has the support and cooperation of the people.”–President, Rodrigo Duterte

President Duterte’s passion and empathy for ‘his’ people; much like US President Obama during his first and second elections, represents a huge, un-acknowledged, under-privileged and red-lined market of ‘the people’ who have been most negatively-affected by the massive greed, illegal wealth accumulation, in-your-face corruption and pork-barrel issues in the Philippines.

In 2014 the Philippines ranked 85th among 175 countries included in the index; which is up from its previous 141st ranking in 2008.  

Furthermore, unlike many countries like such as US or Europe, corruption exists in all levels of the government, especially among high-level civil servants: according to the US Department of State.

From taxi drivers, to immigration, NGO’s and police officers all have been found to prey on ‘The People’ and foreigners looking to invest or live in the country.  Many US business development experts blame this sole fact for the lower tourism and investment numbers the Philippines has as compared to other smaller and less popular tourist havens such as Thailand.

When one hears that the Philippines ranks high in corruption; or that P10 BILLION in cash was lost, in a Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF, popularly called “pork barrel”)or $329 MILLION USD disappeared via the Philippine National Broadband Network controversy, of 2008 – (also referred to as the NBN/ZTE deal or NBN/ZTE mess), they forget that most of that is money taken away from ‘The People’ and re-directed to personal interests –instead of welfare or infrastructure, which thereby drives up the crime rate. 

Philippines Economic Fact:“When we [ The American Press Service] went to the shanties of the Philippines, lived for over 1-year undercover, immersed with ‘the people’ in poor areas, as well as desolate provinces, we found that unlike in the United States, (where there are ‘career criminals’)most Philippines-based ‘criminals’ are practical, they resort to crime and drugs ONLY because of necessity. They’re hungry.”–The American Press Service

What the local and national Philippines media/press fail to do is to showcase who’s money it really was, who’s streets were left unfinished, or which province people were killed in the flooding, and which people never received goods, services and food promised by made-up NGO’s. Most importantly, the part that the massive corruption plays in the Philippines 3rd World Country rankings.

“No.  The Philippines is not a 3rd world country -at all… perhaps for many it is, but for a few, it is definitely 1st world.  The corruption gives a jaded perception of the Philippines to the world.  On one hand there are the Mega-rich, the New-Rich and then, ‘The People’ who are the true-drivers of this massive economy.  It’s hard to say who is ‘richer’ by definition… one thing ‘the people’ in the Philippines have is joy and happiness…money can’t buy that.” –Kareem Jackson, Principle at KA&CO and the US Executive Publisher of The Philippines Magazine International.

However, as one of ‘The People’ and a family man himself, President Duterte was able to identify with most-Filipinos as proven by his victory.

One thing proven to the world, by this People’s Victory is that –just like in America a decade ago- there is a huge shift of wealth taking place in the Philippines.  New millionaires and powerful new Icons are emerging every day; from boxers, start-up entrepreneurs, singers, and now a former Mayor, from Davao, and outsider to the ‘elite’ club, has emerged as the countries Commander-in-Chief.

“I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal. In response let me say this:I have seen how corruption bled the government of funds, which were allocated for the use in uplifting the poor from the mire that they are in.I have seen how illegal drugs destroyed individuals and ruined family relationships.I have seen how criminality, by means all foul, snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting, the years and years of accumulated savings.  Years of toil and then, suddenly, they are back to where they started.

Look at this from that perspective and tell me that I am wrong.

In this fight, I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and all others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained.As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not.”–President, Rodrigo Duterte

Now, in the Philippines, where lifestyle is tropical and typically leisure, the people are genuinely hospitable, charming, happy and fun-loving, but they have grown tired of hearing the reports from The West, “Fastest-Growing Economy”,“Top National Geographic Destination” or “Philippines Beats India as SEO Capital of the world.”, as well as “Top English-Speaking Nation…” and not seeing the benefits on the ground level.

The bread-and-butter, grassroots promises made by President Duterte are what inspired and moved the people.  Simple things such as roads, lower-crime rates, social welfare, abolishment of corruption and fair media are all adversities which directly affect the poor and middle-classes.  The rich do not experience, public transportation, work discrimination, tattoo discrimination, poor health care, pollution, police pay-offs, homelessness or lack of opportunity.

The message of ‘Change’ has won Duterte the Presidency, it has even sparked optimism among foreign investors, tourists and potential residents who have either limited or completely withheld from choosing the Philippines due to a fear of losing their money –and life- to those aforementioned concerns.

Another group of people looking for good news from the new President are Balikbayans, OFW’s and FilAms who are looking to potentially invest in business, real estate and subsequently retire (at least part-time) in the Philippines; but have been reluctant to do so.

All eyes are on President Duterte.  The entire world, looks from an optimistic view with hopes of a successful People Power Renaissance that will bring the Philippines forward and improve life for the masses.

See The Hyper Link Video Here:

Inaugural Address of President Rodrigo Duterte
Oath-taking of the President of the Philippines
Malacañang Palace | June 30, 2016

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/793344/full-text-president-rodrigo-duterte-inauguration-speech#ixzz4D2eFQbFV

See also:

List of political scandals in the Philippines:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_scandals_in_the_Philippines

Read more in the Philippine Press:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/793344/full-text-president-rodrigo-duterte-inauguration-speech#ixzz4D2fmDrIM

Read the full Inaugural Address of President Rodrigo Duterte speech here:

President Fidel Ramos, sir, salamat po satulong mo (thank you for your help) making me President; President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Senate President Franklin Drilon and the members of the Senate; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and the members of the House of Representatives; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; His Excellency Giuseppe Pinto and the members of the Diplomatic Corps; incoming members of the Cabinet; fellow workers in government; my fellow countrymen.

No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.

It is the people from whom democratic governments draw strength and this administration is no exception. That is why we have to listen to the murmurings of the people, feel their pulse, supply their needs and fortify their faith and trust in us whom they elected to public office.

There are many amongst us who advance the assessment that the problems that bedevil our country today which need to be addressed with urgency, are corruption, both in the high and low echelons of government, criminality in the streets, and the rampant sale of illegal drugs in all strata of Philippine society and the breakdown of law and order. True, but not absolutely so. For I see these ills as mere symptoms of a virulent social disease that creeps and cuts into the moral fiber of Philippine society. I sense a problem deeper and more serious than any of those mentioned or all of them put together. But of course, it is not to say that we will ignore them because they have to be stopped by all means that the law allows.

No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.

Erosion of faith and trust in government – that is the real problem that confronts us. Resulting therefrom, I see the erosion of the people’s trust in our country’s leaders; the erosion of faith in our judicial system; the erosion of confidence in the capacity of our public servants to make the people’s lives better, safer and healthier.

Indeed, ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit. But all is not lost.

I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal. In response let me say this:

I have seen how corruption bled the government of funds, which were allocated for the use in uplifting the poor from the mire that they are in.

I have seen how illegal drugs destroyed individuals and ruined family relationships.

I have seen how criminality, by means all foul, snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting, the years and years of accumulated savings. Years of toil and then, suddenly, they are back to where they started.

Look at this from that perspective and tell me that I am wrong.

In this fight, I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and all others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained.

As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not.

I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal.

My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.

You mind your work and I will mind mine.

Malasakit. Tunay na Pagbabago. Tinud-anay nga Kausaban (Compassion.Real change.)” – these are words which catapulted me to the presidency. These slogans were conceptualized not for the sole purpose of securing the votes of the electorate. “Tinud-anayngakabag-uhan. Mao kana ang tumong sa atong pang-gobyerno (Real change. This is the direction of our government).”

Far from that. These were battle cries articulated by me in behalf of the people hungry for genuine and meaningful change. But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us. [applause]

To borrow the language of F. Sionil Jose, we have become our own worst enemies. And we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves.

As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not.

Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines. The ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same. Together, shoulder to shoulder, let us take the first wobbly steps in this quest.

There are two quotations from revered figures that shall serve as the foundation upon which this administration shall be built.

“The test of government is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

And from (Abraham) Lincoln I draw this expression: “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; You cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich; You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; You cannot further the brotherhood by inciting class hatred among men.”

My economic and financial, political policies are contained in those quotations, though couched in general terms. Read between the lines. I need not go into specifics now. They shall be supplied to you in due time.

However, there are certain policies and specifics of which cannot wait for tomorrow to be announced.

Therefore, I direct all department secretaries and the heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, from the submission to the release. I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to remove redundant requirements and compliance with one department or agency, shall be accepted as sufficient for all.

I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to refrain from changing and bending the rules government contracts, transactions and projects already approved and awaiting implementation. Changing the rules when the game is on-going is wrong.

I abhor secrecy and instead advocate transparency in all government contracts, projects and business transactions from submission of proposals to negotiation to perfection and finally, to consummation.

Do them and we will work together. Do not do them, we will part sooner than later.

On the international front and community of nations, let me reiterate that the Republic of the Philippines will honor treaties and international obligations.

On the domestic front, my administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal reforms.

I am elated by the expression of unity among our Moro brothers and leaders, and the response of everyone else to my call for peace.

I look forward to the participation of all other stakeholders, particularly our indigenous peoples, to ensure inclusivity in the peace process.

Let me remind in the end of this talk, that I was elected to the presidency to serve the entire country. I was not elected to serve the interests of any one person or any group or any one class. I serve every one and not only one.

That is why I have adapted as an article of faith, the following lines written by someone whose name I could no longer recall. He said: “I have no friends to serve…I have no enemies to harm.”

On the international front and community of nations, let me reiterate that the Republic of the Philippines will honor treaties and international obligations. On the domestic front, my administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal reforms.

Presiding there from, I now ask everyone, and I mean everyone, to join me as we embark on this crusade for a better and brighter tomorrow.

But before I end, let me express the nations, on behalf of the people, our condolences to the Republic of Turkey of what has happened in the place. We offer our deepest condolences.

Why am I here? Hindi kasali ito diyan (This is not part of my speech). The past tense was, I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation.

Thank you and good afternoon.”

Source: Presidential Communications Office

 

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