“Because I am ready to start my work for the nation.”

This was how President Duterte ended his inaugural speech last June 30, 2016 as he officially started his duties as the 16th President of the Republic. I have to admit that it was only the day after that I listened to his speech. And it is only now that I have resumed blogging on this page because I had to wait for Duterte’s inauguration as it is the best way to shut his “famed” critics who had taken too much of the bitter pill after the election. The funny thing is that their respective candidates have already taken on the “moving on” part after the loss while they keep being sore losers on the sidelines.

Sorry, ladies and gents, but it is President Duterte now so deal with it!

Going back to his inaugural speech, I liked it. It was simple, heartfelt, straightforward, and was void of the intellectual clichés meant to impress the typical Filipino. He emphasized the need to work together in nation building, recognizing the need for everyone’s cooperation in the process. There are no “bosses” and “servants”. What he calls for is partnership, one that he has gladly bannered from Day 1 of his campaign. You have to admit… he is the only candidate who have mustered enough support by mobilizing people from all walks of life to campaign for him, expecting only good governance from him as return.

He was right in saying that the real problem that we have is the “erosion of faith and trust in the government”. The lack of faith stems from the fact that the government have been self-serving to its present leaders and their “friends” where the law only applies to most and not to a select few. I mean where will you find a sister of a former President using the Presidential chopper for a campaign sortie, which is obviously against the law, but still manages to get away with it by saying that the law does not apply to her because she is one of the country’s highest tax payer? And then we wonder why there is a breakdown on law and order. It is simple because we already know that we can always get around with the law, just like my example, hence the loss of faith in the government. It is already in our psyche that we can always get around with the law… may paraan para maiwasan ang batas. And then we wonder why we witness brazen acts of lawlessness in our communities.

I seriously think that his fight against criminality is the area where he can gain immediate results that will be easily noticed by the public. Interestingly, we have seen the increase in the number of criminals that have turned themselves over just after Duterte won the elections, even the numbers of deaths associated with drug trafficking. The news have bannered it and, whether we admit it or not, it had given us a breather from the usual news of crimes being committed. These news had given us that sense of feeling that change has begun – one that we have always hoped for.

Duterte was very smart to begin the restoration of the people’s faith in the government by restoring the faith to the police force dramatically. By making people feel safer in their community, he gives the assurance that the government is working for them by hitting them on the points where most of us would feel the effects immediately. Notwithstanding the previous administration’s economic gains, the sad reality is that only a few Filipinos felt an improvement in their spending power. Most people felt that it is more important to feel safer than having an increase in their money spending.

It is also important to note the emphasis that President Duterte stated that his adherence to the law is uncompromising. His emphasis on his knowledge on the limits of the President’s power and on what is legal was met with applause. He definitely gave the assurance that his actions will remain within the bounds of Philippine laws. I liked the way he ended it by saying that he would mind what he needs to do and other agencies should mind what they also need to do.

His call of actions were designed to address where the typical Filipino is burdened when dealing with the government. I like the fact that he emphasized on making things easy for every Juan dela Cruz when they transact with the government. Our office fell victim to one government agency where our representative had to go back and forth for two weeks just to fix our papers. This was because the government employees who assisted did not give full instructions the first time and the next and the next. It is disappointing that we had to go through the process for two weeks when we could have easily fixed everything in one or two days easily. I am glad that Duterte recognizes the need to keep everything simple for the Filipinos.

Transparency in the government is crucial in the quest to restore the Filipino faith in our government. Previous administrations have kept us all blind with their secrecy that we always had doubts on every government program or project. Why? We do not have access to the basic information that will shed light to it. This time, it is going to be different. We can easily access public documents that will keep us informed in government dealings.

He bannered on the slogan of “Tunay na Pagbabago” during his campaign period. It was this call to action that people held on as the very same people propelled him to the Presidency. And now he calls on everyone to participate in this move for change. He said it clearly that the change starts in and within us. A change that can only be driven by one’s love for country and love for Filipinos, the same love that brought President Duterte to where he is now.

Mabuhay si Presidente Duterte!