Thursday, August 05, 2021

Local leaders back call for ‘genuine change’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte earned the support of local leaders from the business sector, local government, the police and the military for taking concrete steps to realize “genuine change.” From a speech that was direct to the point, local officials take the cue.

Melanie Ng, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president

“I like that he stressed that change must start in us and from us and that we must have the courage to change ourselves.  It is commendable that he told the Cabinet Secretaries to immediately reduce red tape, processes, remove redundancy.  This will greatly aid the ease of doing business and promote growth… The call to change, the call for a better tomorrow by getting to work and get things done is a very strong message.”

Chief Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr., Police Regional Office 7 director

“We will support all his programs, especially against criminals and illegal drugs… Here in the region, we have already jumped off. It will not be difficult for us to implement the programs. Nagsugod na ta even before he assumed office. Kon naay leader nga nag-provide og direction ug inspiration sa ubos, ang iyang vision parehas sa vision sa kapulisan, then the more we will be zealous in our campaign against illegal drugs and criminality.”

Lt. Gen. Nicanor Vivar, commander of the Central Command

“If it is the commander-in-chief who is talking, we in the armed forces have to do what he is saying especially (in the fight against) illegal drugs. We have always helped the local governments and the Philippine National Police.”

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

“That (reducing red tape) is precisely what I wish the president will work on. It is Congress that passes all of these laws that is very hard to work with. So now it is a mess. We’re going to change things. We don’t care if they have clearances. Just pay your taxes.”

Msgr. Joseph Tan, Cebu Archdiocesan spokesperson

“I admire how he said that no leader can do anything without the cooperation of the people he vowed to serve. Even though there is a separation between church and state, there must be mutual respect between both groups. Whether we are Catholic or Filipino, we should respect one another. The cooperation between the church and state is what we are looking forward to in Duterte’s administration… I believe he respects the rule of law. Let’s give him our trust and confidence.”

Glenn Anthony Soco, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) president

“We are optimistic and confident.  The inauguration and speech of President Duterte is direct and consistent with its message of genuine change.  It shows seriousness in getting the job done in its reform agenda across all sectors of the society.  In business, we can only expect a stronger collaboration and participation in nation building.”
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