Andanar: SWS survey results a recognition of President Duterte’s resolve to address problems

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By Jelly F. Musico

A recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing most Filipinos are expecting President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill most of his promises is a recognition of his resolve to address the country’s pressing problems, according to a Palace official.

“Indeed, we are glad that the Filipino people see and recognize the President’s matapang na solusyon at mabilis na aksyon initiatives,” Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said in a press statement.

“Rest assured that he will continue to make good on his promises to bring about genuine and meaningful change to the rest of our countrymen,” he added.

Based on the SWS survey conducted from June 24-27, 41 percent of the 1,200 respondents expected Pres. Duterte to fulfill “most” of his promises while 22 percent expect him to make good “all or nearly all of the promises”.

Barely a month into office, the Duterte administration has pulled down the crime rate highlighted by 3,600 related drug arrest and 120,000 drug dependents including 70,000 pushers who surrendered to the authorities.

Other accomplishments of the new administration include abolition of Office for Transportation Security amid the tanim-bala scare, dismissal and reassignment of policemen to Mindanao, changing of New Bilibid Prison guards, approval of inclusive roadmap to peace for decades-old conflict in Mindanao, resumption of peace talks with communist rebels, suspension of erring big mining companies and signing of Executive Order on Freedom of Information.

“The President is man of action. He simply walks the talk,” Andanar said.

In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, Pres. Duterte offered a unilateral ceasefire with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF).

“Let me make this appeal to you: ‘If we cannot, as het, love one another, then in God’s name, let us not hate each other too much,” the President told the communist rebels.

The President also assured a clean government under his leadership.

“I can guarantee, 101 percent, it will be clean. The problem is I can only act through agencies and departments,” President Duterte said.

Pres. Duterte reiterated his determination to fulfill his relentless fight against criminality and illegal drugs and corruption.

He urged the Philippine National Police, barangay chairmen, mayors and governors to double or triple if necessary their efforts to eliminate criminals and drug dependents.

“We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or pub behind bars or below the ground if they so wish,” the President said.

He believed that the Filipino people “disciplined, informed, involved, shall rise from the rubbles of sorrow and pain. So that all the mirrors in the world will reflect the face of a passion that has changed this land.” (PNA)

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