President Rodrigo Duterte (center) leads the opening of the 37th MassKara Festival in Bacolod City on Oct. 2.  (Rey Baniquet/ PPD)

It is an accepted scientific way in research that it is more objective to observe from the outside looking in, than observe from within.

One reason given in support of this claim is that the researcher or observer is free from undue influences if he is outside the fence of his subject.  

With that in mind, we asked certain Filipino-Americans for their opinions/observations about the first 100 days of the Duterte Administration.  

From day one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency on June 30, 2016, the Filipino Reporter has made it clear it supports the good deeds and intentions of the Duterte Administration.

We recognize and laud the practical solutions that the administration has introduced to lingering problems like “Tanim bala” at the airport, a dirty and easy way of extorting money from hardworking and returning, or even departing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by the decriminalizing bringing in of bullets.

Another positive accomplishment we noted was the opening of various offices of government in one building so that prospective OFWs need not go from one building to another.

There are a number of other domestic achievements here and there.

However, we feel that the Duterte Administration has been flawed because of the following:

•Its approach of killing fellow Filipinos (suspected drug traffickers and users), now numbering 4,000 plus and increasing by the day, violates the universally accepted beliefs and principles on respect for life, due process and rule of law (all parts of Public International Law which, historically, the Philippines subscribes to).

•The careless and irresponsible mouth of President Duterte, cursing respectable people and institutions like U.S. President Barack Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Pope Francis, the European Union, the Human Rights groups is wrong and is embarrassing for Filipinos both at home and abroad. It makes him unstatesmanlike.

•It is widely believed the above have caused the Philippine peso to plunge.

•There has been too much pre-occupation by the Duterte government to its anti-drugs campaign as if the presidency exists only for that purpose. The presidency as we know it, is a multi-task office. There are many other issues that need to be attended to, like poverty, education, health, economy, etc. We maintain poverty is the root cause of drug problem. The earlier it is eradicated, chances are, other related social problems will be eliminated too, including drugs.

•The foreign policy of the Duterte Administration is inconsistent and directionless and unnecessarily isolationist and unfriendly. We see two major reasons for our claims: 1) President Duterte is apparently a Communist ideologue of the failed old school of Marxism, Leninism, Mao Tse Tung Thought. His mind is evidently influenced by this abandoned dogma in his foreign policy making process. And 2) His Secretary of Foreign Affairs may be a good lawyer and professor, but to us, he lacks knowledge and experience in the work assigned to him. Thus, a case of a blind leading a blind.

•The practice of making offensive, unpresidential and not well thought of public statements and commentaries, then, makes apology. But, then, he repeats same mistakes. Don’t make an apology if he will do it again...and again...and again.

We would like to share with our readers the views and opinions of certain Filipino-Americans.

Emerito F. Salud
Movement for a Free Philippines, MFP 2016 East Coast

I would rate DU30’s first 100 days as 85%, notwithstanding his colorful diatribes against the UN, EU and the USA, and the equally damning replies of these foreign bodies and their pursuivants in media to DU30.

I feel I am not alone here.

The last (Oct. 6) polling results of  SurveyNgBayan (@SurveyNgBayan Facebook page) show that 83% of Filipinos approves of the way the President handles his program against illicit drugs, his focused drive on peace and order, and his zero tolerance against systemic corruption.

Of course, I could only hazard a guess why this high approval by a great majority of Filipinos on the leadership of DU30.

For once, the people felt in their heart that the great change they see around them is the change they have been dreaming of for a long, long, time — a peaceful community, where they and their children are free from the violence and mayhem coming from that untethered proliferation and use of illicit drugs.

For once, the people felt that their long afternoons, filled with indifference and betrayal by their government and leaders, have come to pass in the wake of DU30’s leadership towards change.

The people simply love DU30, for his fidelity to his promise of change, for what is best for people and country, as crafted in his inaugural address.

For once, the people felt they have someone who really cares for them.


Ernesto Pamolarico, Jr.
New York, N.Y.

(Lifted from running comments in Facebook of “I am Pinoy, Proud Ako.”)

I am Pinoy Proud Ako...Mabuhay ang lahat na hangga ngayon ay sumusuporta at naniniwala sa ating Mahal na Pangulo. #100 days of Pres. Duterte


Edwin Josue

New York, N.Y.

100 days cannot define Duterte’s presidency. Let’s wait and see as it is still unfolding in front of our eyes and ears. What is next? Give him a chance and let run its course whether it will be for the good or bad. Then let the Filipino people decide.


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