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The First Family of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.


AS mandated by the Philippine Constitution, the native country’s new President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte of Davao City, was sworn into office yesterday, June 30, as the Philippines’ 16th President.

We wish him well in leading a polarized but democratically strong nation.

Such division, he himself caused because of his earlier remarks.

He is starting his term with alienated members of media whom he said were not exempted from assassination like the drug and crime lords.

He begins with alienated leaders of the Catholic Church, whose well-loved Pope, respected bishops and priests, he cursed on television.

He branded the 2,000-year-old religion hypocritical.  

He starts his term with the international community, including the United Nations, watching his every move on his stated would-be policy of killing suspected criminals and drug lords.

He commences with a population of risen expectations.

This is the biggest challenge for this new leader.

During the campaign, he promised his people that in six months from his first day in office (meaning, by Dec. 31, 2016), he will eliminate criminals, drug lords and corruption from the face of the Philippines.

His people believed him.

They voted for him.

He won.

In the old days, there was a theory on political events called “Theory of risen expectations.”

It said people will get into action at the peak of disappointment caused by unfulfilled promises by a political leader.

Hopefully, President Duterte could live up to the expectations he planted in his people.

In his inaugural speech, President Duterte repeated the same problems facing the native country.

But, he did not mention a time frame for solving those problems.

Instead, he asked the support of the Filipino people.

In order to calm down his early critics, especially on his announced method of solving  crimes, he said in his inaugural speech that “his adherence to due process and rule of law is uncompromising.”

Good luck, President Duterte!


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President Duterte about to sign his oath.

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