AS ALL Filipinos were glued to their television, radio and social media gadgets to monitor the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte, what comes to mind is the question, did he connect to the Filipinos in presenting his platform and program of governance?
Well some of the political analyst said he missed the chance to do so.
However, in fairness to the sixteenth chief executive of the country, this writer disagrees.
Case in point, just barely 25 days into his presidency before his first Sona, President Duterte have instituted reforms particularly in curving and even waging war against the drug menace in the country. A testament to his campaign promise.
We have to remember, the President is just starting and the Sona serves as a means to inform the nation about its present economic, political, and social condition. It is also a vehicle for the President to summarize the accomplishments and plans of his/her program of government both for a particular year and until the end of their term of office.
His explicit desire to serve his country to improve the lives of the Filipinos to the point of sacrificing his life, honor and even the presidency characterizes the man. A man of integrity.
The President laid down his initial action on not holding on to the past and to point blame to the previous administrations on the present state of the country and instead called for the imposition of federalism with a parliament and a president is his vision on how to improve the development of the country.
His stand on human rights not to be used as a shield to instigate reforms in society is a fair deal. The immediate call to practice the Reproductive Health law in the country is a chance for couples to acquire a free and informed choice on having a family.
The unilateral cease-fire between government and the CPP-NPA-NDF, which he ordered to be implemented immediately is a step to finally resolve the some 50 years of clashes between government and the rebel groups which have permanently scarred the families of those who have lost loved ones.
His stand on protecting the environment, creation and improving the railway system and airports in the country, improving the time of processing of documents in various agencies of government and creating satellite offices, the promise of additional salaries to the men and women in uniform, improving the government run media arm, more free wife signals in specific areas in the country among others are all doable.
Political analysts should take precaution in their analysis as the President was overwhelmingly elected by sixteen million Filipinos without the help of the traditional politicians.
His Sona was directed to them as a way to say thanks and to prove his worth. Although some say managing a city is different from managing a country, it is but fair to give President Duterte the chance to lead our country just like the previous chief executives.
And on the question on sending his message across to the Filipinos, we have all seen how interested the Filipinos were in his Sona and how majority reacted favorably to the chief executive.
The message of "CHANGE" was sent, and the time for it is "NOW"!
And it is all but fitting to say congratulations and good luck to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his quest to make our country good again.