IT WAS heartening to see the photographs of President Rodrigo R. Duterte visiting the wounded military personnel at the Metro Davao Medical Research Center last Thursday, June 7, 2017, where the wounded soldiers in their unglamorous light green hospital gowns with bandages on their bodies were caught with big smiles on their faces.
Yes, they were wounded, but they hold their wounds with pride and their morale is high. As that poem says, "bloodied but unbowed."
It was more heartening to hear National Defense Secretary questioning the wisdom of sending rogue cops to embattled Marawi.
"Their punishment should not be Marawi assignment but sanctions such as suspension without pay or outright dismissal from the service. We need good people here to fight this war. Now, if you will throw people, who are problematic, you are just going to give problems to our commanders here," he said.
For so many years, the threat posed to rogue cops are assignments in hinterlands and embattled places. We have yet to hear of such policemen having reformed. For as long as there are communities to abuse and corrupt, the rogue will remain rogues, and can even worsen.
But all these together, Lorenzana's views, the smiling wounded soldiers, and top this with the spike in the satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in the June 23 to 26, 2017 survey by the Social Weather Station, we know the government is on the right track.
It's been a long time since we've felt this way. Decades long of pulling our hair in frustration over what the government has been doing, that peaked during the last administration that saw the widest divide between the rich and the poor, with the poor not feeling any of the positive numbers we were made to chew on every single State of the Nation Address, and the big corporations enjoying the numbers in equally big profits. Then there's the mining that throttled every little dissent, even in ancestral domains and in forests.
Now, we have an administration that works, and has solutions that are common sense. Like bringing home distressed overseas Filipino workers instead of just leaving them unattended camping outside Philippine embassies and consulates while the ambassadors enjoy their wine.
We have a Department of Environment and Natural Resources that has finally decentralized issuance of environmental compliance certificates, after three long decades of making us believe that the central office knows best about our own backyard.
We have a Department of Social Works and Development that has been giving relief and assistance without exploiting the state of need and poverty of the people for the officials' personal aggrandizement.
Then there's the Health Department that provides the health needs of all people, without kowtowing to the demands of one major religion. Then the Department of Agriculture that from Day One has been very busy with a lot of projects. And... more and more and more.
Indeed, there's a reason for the wounded to smile, and for the relatives of the dead to be consoled with hope, because, finally, our government is doing things right.