Rodrigo Duterte already sworn in as Philippine president after a landslide victory last May election fever toppled with bold and controversial quotable quotes.
Duterte coined by his reputation as an outsider and a political maverick now heading to feel and see his notorious promises and pledges to ‘change’ the Philippines.
Duterte’s leadership to ‘change the Philippines’ during his six year term:
Federalism. Duterte is against “Imperial Manila”, intends to shift the centralised government to a federal system, the newly formed states will have a large degree of autonomy and would be able to keep most of their revenues.
Stop graft & corruption. Duterte has promised to rid government agencies, police and the military of deep-rooted corruption.
War on crimes. Duterte said to take extreme measures to stop the Philippines becoming a narco-state. Security forces will be given shoot-to-kill orders, also, bounties for killing drug lords. The death penalty will be restored, by hanging.
End rebellions. Duterte insists peace talks with the communists. He expects federalism will appease Muslim rebels, who want autonomy.
Address inequality. Duterte describes himself as a “socialist”, and has vowed to change an economic model that has created one of Asia’s biggest rich-poor divides.
Social discipline. The president plans to roll out a nationwide curfew on children, alcohol ban in public past midnight, and stop people from singing karaoke in public late in the evening.
Family planning. He says families should aim for a maximum of three children. He wants government agencies to supply the poor with free condoms and birth control pills.
Foreign investment. Duterte is in favor of altering the constitution to lift restrictive foreign investment laws. However, he is opposed to foreign ownership of land.
Marcos burial. Duterte allows the late president Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at a cemetery for national heroes, saying this will help end decades of social division over the issue.
Sevilla Sayco a 61-year-old rice farmer said in an interview, “Change is indeed coming”, “We are happy because the previous administration paid us no attention, but Duterte is pro-poor.”