Fewer Filipinos Consider Themselves Poor 

Our country is a third world country not because it is poor. We are rich in natural resources. Unfortunately, there is a cancer in the government. It has been ran by corrupt public officials who also have bosses who are oligarchs, So the poor became poorer and the few who were rich became richer. For a long time, our farmers only worked hard to produce rice but couldn’t afford to eat them. They eat corn as they find it affordable compared to rice, worse is they only consume root crops to live by.

Graph showing how much percentage there is of the citizens who consider themselves poor

Graph showing percentage of citizens who consider themselves poor in terms of food

This is an all time low record. The past administrations had high percentages which means that the first 100 days of President Duterte has made an impact to the poorest citizens of the country. 
(Cover Photo credits: The Philippine Pride)


Metro Manila Before and After Duterte Took Oath

In spite of the many criticisms of the newly seated president of the Philippines, the 16 million people who voted for him, with their unwavering support continue to see the changes he has done for the country. 

Divisoria: A busy shopping street outside shopping malls where many pick pocketers used to victimize people

This is a short video comparing Manila streets before and after Duterte. Interviews with Quezon City barangay chairpersons are inside as well. Here’s the link: Metro Manila Before and After Duterte 

Corrupted Journalism

This article appears on the opinion portion of thre paper

It’s absurd how huge media companies such as The New York Times can embrace the filthy narco politics our country is suffering from. I’ve been following them and Time on their social media sites and it’s disappointing. 

Their recent post about president Duterte Heng on the Philippines’ President and His War on Drugs obviously is a character assassination move.

(Update on New York Times article: They deleted the body of the article after receiving all negative posts arguing with why they have posted. They just left it with the first paragraph)

 As a result, people will have a different perspective of his leadership. They can spread these lies like wild fire. In recent happenings in New York, there were activists who protested against Duterte. 

American activists (VOCAL) rally against Duterte in New York

Yes, Duterte verbally declares war on drugs and threatens to kill drug lords but if you dig on the numbers, you will be stunned. The average killings during the previous administration (Benigno Aquino III) was 35 daily. During Duterte’s administration, it went down to 20 daily. Why weren’t the killings back then a big deal? Why are we counting only now???

There was a moment when Duterte was asked how come only small time drug dealers are being caught or killed. He answered them without hesitation and said that if he could he would kill the drug lords who are the main bosses of the police generals and big businessmen in the country and also governors and mayors. However, these drug lords cannot and will not be found in our country. They are operating outside of the Philippines. 

Those getting killed daily is too simple to just blame all to Duterte but people nowadays are actually questioning whether they were killed because they were drug dealers or they were killed by their bosses who are covering up their own mess because they are working in the government. One of the things to ponder on…

President Duterte: First SONA 

I still can’t believe it. Our humble mayor is now our president. There are so many things to say about him and it’s just so overwhelming especially for a Dabawenya like me. He’s been our protector, our provider of peace of mind, he has made our city one of the most livable in the world, child friendly. It was a full 360° turn from being a killing field in the past.

Today, he is about to give us his first SONA and the whole country and even people in other parts of the world are anticipating for it. Militants, for the very first time, were not only allowed to do their rally but they were guided to go in the vicinity of the Malacañan Palace. Such gesture of peace and fair leadership. 

We are so very proud of you, Mr. President. We dearly love you. Please keep safe and thank you for bringing about real change in this country.