Duterte urges Filipinos to support his ‘unpopular measures’ to achieve real change

Image from President Elect Rodrigo Duterte's Facebook page
  • Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte urges the public to cooperate and support his 8-point plan agenda
  • This includes unpopular measures like imposing liquor and cigarette bans and curfew for minors
  • The 8-point plan agenda also includes reforming the outdated income tax system, increasing support for agriculture, easing restrictions on foreign ownership of business and expanding the conditional cash transfer program

Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte is urging the Filipino people to support his eight-point plan that consists of ‘unpopular measures’ to enhance the economy while wiping out crime and corruption.

Earlier, the 71-year-old tough-talking leader, who will assume presidency on June 30, has announced plans to impose liquor and cigarette bans as well as a curfew for minors on top of a ruthless campaign against criminals, particularly drug pushers, an article published by ABS-CBN stated.

With this, incoming finance secretary Carlos Dominguez said some of the measures to be implemented by Duterte will seem unpopular and may even be criticized by most people but he reiterated that everything will be for the welfare of the future generation.

The main goal of the Duterte administration, when you get down to it, is to improve the quality of life of Filipinos,” Dominguez was quoted as saying.

Among the eight-point plan of the incoming administration includes reforming the outdated income tax system, increasing support for agriculture, easing restrictions on foreign ownership of business and expanding the conditional cash transfer program.

Based on reports, Benigno Aquino III’s administration oversaw robust economic growth that has been largely criticized for not being ‘pro-poor.’

Gross domestic product grew 6.9 percent in the first quarter; beating analysts’ expectations and outpacing China and placing the economy on track to meet the full year growth target of 6.8 to 7.8 percent.

As such, Dominguez pointed out that Duterte’s agenda within his six-year term would require a lot of challenge. However, he stressed that it would be normal for any administration to undergo premature labor. Eventually, things will normalize over the passing of days, he added.

This is only the beginning. We have at least six years ahead of us and there are going to be many issues. Our president-elect believes that he was elected in order to do something, in order to change. Change is very very difficult to happen,” Dominguez noted.

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