Only two years into the presidency and yet it appears that Rodrigo Duterte is politically dead. Banking on his charisma as a strong and powerful leader, Duterte overwhelmingly won as the highest official of the land during the 2016 national election after winning the hearts and minds of the people who were made to believe that the country needs an iron fist ruler. So where is the so-called political will promised by Duterte and his campaign team in 2016? The president has not yet reached half...
"I never lied, I am very honest."
-Philippine Stock Exchange, 11 July 2018
“inflation is also a sign of [a] growing and robust economy.”
-Bloomberg, 21 June 2018
"For the nth time, as an economist, what we need is a competitive peso -- not a strong peso; a STRONG peso does not mean STRONG economy; nor does a WEAK peso mean a WEAK economy."
-Manila, 01 July 2018
"Even just a whiff of corruption, and you're out."
-Davao City, 22 June 2016
“It’s not perfect. In fact the president very candidly said he needs another six months pero let us be honest to ourselves, it is happening. The Philippines is becoming more like Singapore in terms of being able to walk the streets at anytime at night."
-Senate, 16 September 2016
"Pag ako'y nahalal na presidente, ipagpala ng Diyos, ibabalik ko sa inyo 'yung coco levy."
-Catanauan, Quezon - 30 March 2016
“To the CPP/NPA/NDF, let us end these decades of ambuscades and skirmishes. We are going nowhere. And it is getting bloodier by the day … Let me make this appeal to you: If we cannot, as yet, love one another, then in God's name, let us not hate each other too much.”
“If you cannot do it right, then get out of mining."
"There will never be an instance that we will surrender our right over Scarborough Shoal … That is not a territorial issue. It is an issue about being obstructed or impeded because of the constructions there and we cannot exercise freely the rights under UNCLOS of the 200-mile economic zone that is exclusive to us.”
-Davao City, 02 June 2016