With the completion of the first year of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, changes are expected to take place at all levels of government. Even within the first few months, President Digong showed he was never hesitant to change the men and women within his circle.
Imperial Manila has clearly taken note of the new leader and his aversion to a country run by a centralized regime filled with political oligarchs – a practice of all of his predecessors.
Today, the national leader selected men and women whom he grew familiar while serving as mayor of Davao City. With most of the administration’s circle from Mindanao, it shows not all the brains in the country come from Imperial Luzon.
Executive Secretary Bingbong Medialdea is a native of Davao (and a neighbor of mine at some point), Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco is a former mayor from Bohol, and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez is also from Davao (his younger brother was my schoolmate).
Normally, an elected official picks those who helped him or her to victory. In this case, it was not a matter of indebtedness; it was recognizing the individuals who helped him up the ladder of success – those who sacrificed time and resources to make the president a winner.
Even during the campaign, Duterte brought his own security team.
This past election showed money was not indicative of the winner; it was a genuine clamor for change – a move away from the traditionally dirty politics of Imperial Manila.
It was only this president that rolled up his sleeves, clenched his fist, and declared war on illegal drugs. The public soon discovered how entrenched in the trade the country was and yet no previous leader touched the issue; why?
This is why the president handpicked his own no-nonsense man to lead the police. It is only today we see the Philippine National Police (PNP) director general performing as expected.
To understand why this president does not act like any of his predecessor is about understanding Davao City. A visit to the city shows how discipline, a law-abiding attitude, order, and respect can change lives.
Many still believe those who criticize the good deeds of this administration are suffering from “sour grapes,” while the political “trapos” are dismayed because the days of “milk and honey” they had enjoyed for many years were gone.
Sad to say, despite numerous pastors and other religious leaders praying for new leadership, many were still supporting names branded with corruption and malpractice.
Today, politicians are behaved. Corruption has softened, if not completely eradicated.
This nation is no longer governed by political “crocodiles” and sucking nincompoops.
When this country will be more like its neighbors, nobody can say, but at lease changes have come with the new leader.
This column greets Gerry Camina, Jane Javellana, Hansel Didulo, Roland Ramos, Jan Rubiato, Bong Go, Ray dela Paz, Dindo Ilagan, Elsie Gonzaga, Dan Mercado, Arvin Ardon, Butch Ramirez, Clint Aranas, Glenn Badon, and Pete Gellada./WDJ