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Duterte supporters: It’s time to steer the economy, improve plight of poor

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By Vanne Elaine Terrazola 

After illegal drugs and crimes, it’s time that President Duterte focus his efforts on the economy and the plight of the poor, his supporters said.

Bobby Brillante, spokesperson of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD NECC), said they look forward to another year of the President prioritizing programs on improving the economy and addressing poverty.

President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his second State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, on Monday July 24, 2017.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his second State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, on Monday July 24, 2017.
(AP Photo/Aaron Favila / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Now that the anti-crime and anti-corruption drive has sunk into the minds of the public servant and people in the government…we expect that in the next 12 months, he will focus on the economy, just as he promised to improve the (lives of the) poor,” he said at the sidelines of the rally of some 3,000 Duterte supporters outside the Batasang Pambansa complex ahead of his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday.

Brillante said the Chief Executive should invest on establishing small enterprises and cooperatives, as well as in providing financial assistance to those who want to put up their own business.

He also hoped that skills training programs under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) would also be strengthened to jumpstart aspiring workers here and those going abroad.

“Because the more people are employed, the more taxpayers you create. The more businesses, the more revenues that you create. And with more revenues you create, more funding will be provided to the people,” he said.

Brillante meanwhile maintained that they are satisfied with the performance of the President, especially in fulfilling his promise of ridding the country of illegal drugs.

“The biggest stumbling block in the country are criminalities induced by illegal drugs, so we understand that he focused on dismantling illegal drug syndicates…He was right on prioritizing it,” he said.

Brillante said they would continue to support Duterte.

“We will also remain as observers of those in the government in order to make sure that they will be performing the mandate that the President has given them, and the President himself performing in accordance with the mandate of the people who elected him into office,” he said.

Asked what he thought of the 10,500 protesters some 500 meters away from their rally area Monday, Brillante said, “That is their right… We should look at them as our conscience. Not because the President’s performance was good, doesn’t mean he did not forget some things.”

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