LOCAL leaders and a progressive group hold different opinions on the one-year-old administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I rate him 9 for changing the geopolitical landscape in Asia and for changing the way the world sees the Filipinos as a nation,” Majority Floor Leader Bernard Al-ag said in a text message to SunStar Davao Friday, June 30.
“For me, as a Sama Tribe, maganda ang administration ni Duterte especially ‘yung anti-drugs terrorism, ‘yun ang gusto ko sa kanya. Para mawala ang terrorist, patayan doon, patayan dito,” Sama Tribe Deputy Mayor Estelita Tanjili Mahamud said.
“Siguro kung pwede sobra 11 pa, kung pwede pa 11 , 11 dahil sa unang-una wala siyang discrimination lalong-lalo na ang tribo naming noong una hindi kilala, pero because of Duterte during mayor siya nakilala ang tribu hindi lang isa ang muslim, six tribes meron pang iba,” she added.
Duterte’s first year involved a lot of forging partnerships with another countries, fight against drugs, and of course the declaration of the martial law in Mindanao to the stop the terrorism invasion in the area.
Karapatan Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) spokesperson Jay Apiag gave the longest answer and lowest grade.
“Naa pa man gud siya sa isa ka tuig, among ginatan-aw naa sa 3 or 4 wala natuman obligasyon sa grp, nga pagawason ang tanang political prisoners, gikan sa iyang paglingkod naa lamang sa 19 National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) ang iyang gipagawas aside ana wala nay release. Ikaduha wala niya gituman ang iyang gisaad nga pagtangtang sa wala gihapon natuman saad sa contractuwalisasyon sa mga mamumuo ug mismong paghatag sa libreng serbisyong sosyal sa mga katawhan sa urban poor, sector sa kababaihan ug uban pang sector nga dunay nang nangandoy sa interest ug katungod nga naa sulod sa Comprehensive Agreement on Socio Economic reforms nga ginahisgutan na supposedly sa NDFP-GRP. (He is still in his first year, and as we look at it, we can rate him 3 or 4 because he did not do his obligation to free political prisoners, and freed only 19 National Democratic Front of Philippines consultants. Second, he did not keep his promise to end contractualization of laborers, and he also missed to give free services to the urban poor sector, women sector, and other sectors with different interest which are incorporated in CASER which was supposed to be tackled between the NDFP and GRP),” he said.
Apiag also said that human rights violations continue under one year of Duterte Administration.
“The human rights violations continue and has gotten worse. Based on the documentation of Karapatan SMR, around 35 political killings were recorded, and thousands were displaced in their communities because of the indiscriminate bombings of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to the communities of farmers and Indigenous people,” he said in vernacular.
He said Karapatan was also dismayed with the recent declaration of the president that the military and the police will decide whether he will end the martial law or not.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on July 01, 2017.
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