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Friday, October 27, 2017

President Duterte and the Road to Change.


Tito Romy, an active social media user and blogger, contrasts the past and present and shares his views on our very own President Rodrigo Duterte. 



Tito Romy introduces himself as a Filipino who’s migrated to the United States of America who decides to regain his Filipino citizenship through the dual citizenship program. He mentions that the Philippines has always been in his heart and that he’s always been watching the Philippines despite being thousands of miles away.

Then he elaborates how technology, transportation and the geographic of most places in Metro Manila has changed and advanced dramatically over a span of a few years. “I am glad I live to this day to witness the great in my country,” Tito Romy said.

Photo from Tito Romy's Facebook account

He then contrasts the political scenery back then and now, stating from personal observations that Philippine politics was never perfect, it never changes, and that corruption is always present. But despite that wisdom that he has gathered through the years, 2016 became a year of hope, wherein he states that “The birth of the new republic came in 2016 — the year to elect the new President. At this time, the mainstream media no longer controls the news making. Social media was born. It was time for the rise of the social media. It was a very powerful arm that awakened the Filipinos to elect a new president — the person who will lead the Filipinos out of bondage. This man is Rodrigo Roa Duterte.”.

He mentions that President Rodrigo Duterte, a leader of iron will and fist, made notable progress over eliminating the illegal drug industry and the corruption of our government, all within a year. Duterte encourages peace rallies and chooses to talk to the “rallyistas” rather than ignore them, envisions to make the Philippines to another Singapore and that Duterte willingly sacrificed his rating in order to stop the insurgency of the “ISIS led groups” in Mindanao.

Tito Romy then listed down the top ten achievements of Duterte.

1. PH external debt sheds $5.2B as of June 2017.
2. Highest PSEi closed at all-time high 8,312.93
3. Crime rate in Manila drops by 38% for the past 12 months.
4. Duterte's Political Will costs: 6B from Lucio Tan, 1.7B w/o Tax from Mile Long Property and 25B from Mighty Cigarettes
5. Free tuition in SUCs
6. Free internet in public places
7. Passport validity extension to ten years
8. Driver's license validity extension to five years
9. Stiffer penalties for hospitals refusing to treat patients
10. The immediate signing of the Freedom of Information (FOI).

And soon ended with a reassuring statement that the Philippines is indeed on the road to change.

Refer below to see Tito Romy’s full facebook post.

“DAAN PATUNGO SA PAGBABAGO

I’ve been away from the Philippines for many years, living here in Seattle, Washington as an American citizen. Yet lately, I decided to regain my citizenship as a Filipino through the dual citizenship program. I felt it was a necessary step since my heart has not completely left the land of my birth. From a distance, I can view the events in my homeland and for many years, I have been filled with anxiety as I witnessed the less than ideal circumstances there. Today, while I’m still writing 10,000 miles away from home, I believe that change has arrived and although I am still a mere spectator, I marvel at what I see.

Through my lifetime, I have witnessed changes that I never thought I would live to see. Look how the world of technology has expanded. I witnessed how the telephone shrunk the world. Back in the day, even though long distance calls were expensive, people still go for it because it was the only way to get connected with people they love who may live distantly from them.

Then came cell phones that unfolded the wonders of communication. With no long distance costs, you can communicate with anybody around the world. I remember the time when I prepared my master’s thesis using a typewriter and had to use carbon paper to make copies of it. But now we even operate in a paperless world. Distance is no longer an issue. We even walked on the moon and everybody stopped what they were doing just to watch that momentous event.

This has made me conclude that given time, it’s possible to witness change. The Philippines has gone through an evolution. The geographical landscape was so much different many decades ago. Makati as we know it now used to be an open land with water lilies mushrooming in all parts of the city. I experienced riding the kalesas as a means of transportation. My readers probably don’t know what that’s like unless they’re going on a paid karitela ride along Intramuros. The Escolta, Avenida Rizal, Carriedo, and Plaza Miranda are some places that are etched vividly in my memory. Many street names now were changed to honor some distinguished individuals. For instance, C.M. Recto used to be Azacarraga, EDSA used to be Highway 54, Roxas Blvd. used to be Dewey Blvd., Gil Puyat Avenue used to be Buendia, Shaw Blvd. used to be Jose Rizal Blvd., UN Avenue used to be Isaac Peral, Pedro Gil used to be Herran and many more.

What brought wonders to my life is discovering that the world is round. I managed to visit the United States, several European counties as well as our neighboring Asian countries. I’ve done a lot of travelling but my heart keeps coming back to my homeland, the Philippines. I am so glad I live to this day to witness the great changes in my country.

Philippine Politics Then

During my younger years, I witnessed the rule of several Philippine presidents. I became aware that Philippine politics has never been perfect, there was corruption everywhere. Elpidio Quirino was one of the presidents I remember and then there was Ramon Magsaysay who died in a plane crush. The longest serving president was Ferdinand Marcos with more than 20 years in office. That was the time I witnessed the bombing of Plaza Miranda that eventually led to the declaration of Martial law.


I was no longer in the Philippines when two women became the President of the Philippines, namely Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal. By this time I became aware of the rampant corruption in our government. I had the sense of the drug proliferation. Shabu was unknown to me at this time, but marijuana and amphetamines like seconal were the names of the trade.

The Philippines at this time was moving at a turtle phase of modernization. Corruption in the government became evident even with the changing of guards that followed under the leadership of Fidel Ramos and Noynoy Aquino. How sad. It became known to me that change is not forthcoming.

Philippine Politics Now -Daan Patungo sa Pagbabago

The birth of the new republic came in 2016 — the year to elect the new President. At this time, the mainstream media no longer controls the news making. Social media was born. It was time for the rise of the social media. It was a very powerful arm that awakened the Filipinos to elect a new president — the person who will lead the Filipinos out of bondage. This man is Rodrigo Roa Duterte.


Within a span of one year, Duterte showed himself in command in dealing with the proliferation of drugs and corruption in the government. For the first time in Philippine history, we witness a president who encourages peaceful rallies. He is willing to have dialogues with the rallyistas.

The country now has a president who is vent to make the Philippines another Singapore in Asia. At the expense of his popularity, he declared Martial Law in Mindanao to curtail the insurgence of ISIS led groups. For the first time the President encourages transparency by issuing an executive order that is known as Freedom of Information.

Top Ten Achievements of President Duterte

One year forward and we see a lot of changes in the political scenario in the Philippines. Here are just some of them:

1. PH external debt sheds $5.2B as of June 2017.
2. Highest PSEi closed at all-time high 8,312.93
3. Crime rate in Manila drops by 38% for the past 12 months.
4. Duterte's Political Will costs: 6B from Lucio Tan, 1.7B w/o Tax from Mile Long Property and 25B from Mighty Cigarettes
5. Free tuition in SUCs
6. Free internet in public places
7. Passport validity extension to ten years
8. Driver's license validity extension to five years
9. Stiffer penalties for hospitals refusing to treat patients
10. The immediate signing of the Freedom of Information (FOI).
Indeed the Philippines is now on the road to change.
Yes, yan ang daan patungo sa pagbabago sa pamumuno ni President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Let us continue to support our dear President and look forward to a progressive Philippines!”

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Source: Facebook / Tito Romy
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