Duterte faces great expectations from Boholanos

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Duterte faces great expectations from Boholanos

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HIGH HOPES. Throngs gathered at the heart of Tagbilaran City when now-President elect Mayor Rodrigo Duterte visited Bohol as part of his campaign trail.

The real work of delivering on promises begins with high expectations from voters of President-elect Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to implement bold changes proclaimed during the campaign period which was evident in respondents to a phone in survey conducted by DYRD “Inyong Alagad” this morning, Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Listeners were asked “now that Mayor Rodrigo won the 2016 presidential elections, what are the first things that you expect him to do?”

Thirty-seven callers responded in the two-hour phone in survey expressing their hope and trust that Duterte whom they overwhelmingly voted into the presidency will make good on his commitment to crush drugs and corruption within his self-imposed time frame of three to six months.

But the respondents gave the thumbs up among one of Duterte’s first move to impose a nationwide curfew for minors and to implement a liquor ban on public establishments after 1:00 AM.

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Curfew on minors is strictly implemented in Davao City except for those with their parents and guardians while a liquor ban in public places is strictly enforced from 1:00AM to 8:AM.

High on the list of the respondents to-do list for Duterte is to speed up transactions in government agencies pointing at the Register of Deeds, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as notoriously slow in the processing of their papers.

The plight of the workers on the implementation of the minimum wage, contractualization and the improvement of the working conditions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and the thousands of seamen were also prominently mentioned by the callers.

A caller from Los Angeles, California, USA joined the survey expressing her disgust over the condescending rude manner embassy employees treat Filipinos while urging Duterte to lower the prices of basic commodities and improve employment opportunities in the country.

Bureau of Internal Revenue collections should be fairly implemented between corporations and ordinary employees, suggested survey respondents.

Respondents also called on Duterte to negotiate a ceasefire with the New People’s Army rebels, resolve the impasse on the Basic Bangsamoro Law and heal the wounds of the recent bitter and acrimonious election campaign.

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Even parochial matters such as lights on bridges and the state of the road construction in the province were also cited by the respondents.

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The weight of expectations from more than the 300,000 Boholano voters who cast their votes for Duterte will now slowly fall on the shoulders of the Duterte administration that will define the character and brand of leadership of the 16th president of the country and the first from Mindanao. (Chito M. Visarra)

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