By Minka Klaudia Tiangco, Alexandria San Juan, Erma Edera, Dhel Nazario, and Joseph Almer Pedrajas
As President Duterte works to fulfill the promises he made to the people when he was still running for and eventually became the country’s 16th President, we asked six ordinary people to rate the Chief Executive’s performance.
8 out of 10 – Imelda Conde, 53, a teacher at the Navotas National High School, gave Duterte a score of 8/10 because of his bravery and strong stance against criminality and illegal drugs.
However, she said that not much has changed when it comes to the field of education. She expressed hope that Duterte would increase the salary of public school teachers before his term ends.
“My life during that time (before Duterte’s term), same as present,” she said. “Hindi po okay ang aming sweldo bilang teacher kahit may mga benefits na natatanggap dahil sa sobrang taas ng bilihin ngayon (Our salaries as teachers are not enough even if we receive benefits because of the high prices of goods today).”
5 out of 10 – Meanwhile, 28-year-old nurse Julie Ann Talimban gave Duterte a score of 5/10, saying the President has yet to give nurses and other employees in the health sector some attention.
“Sino ba ang mga first in line [na nag-aasikaso] sa mga tao kapag nasa hospital sila? ‘Di ba kami naman? Sobrang importante ng kalusugan (Who are the first ones to tend to patients when they are in the hospital? It’s us nurses, right? Healthcare is important),” she said.
“Kailangan niya isipin kung bakit umaalis ‘yung mga nurse at nangi-ngibang bansa (The President needs to realize why nurses choose to go and work abroad),” she added.
9 out of 10 – On the other hand, 21-year-old Manila traffic enforcer Christian Bohol gave Duterte 9/10 because of his unfulfilled promises for the Filipinos, especially in education as he was forced to drop out of school to work because of poverty.
“Siguro sa akin mga 9 lang siya, kasi ‘di pa niya natutupad yung ibang mga pangako niya (Maybe I’d give him a 9 because he has not fulfilled all of his promises yet),” he said.
“Sa administration parang wala sigurong pagbabago. Walang nagbago kasi minsan, parang naiisip niya tama ang ginagawa niya. ‘Yung mga tao nagrereklamo, nagra-rally pa rin sa Mendiola (I think nothing changed with the administration. Maybe he thinks he is doing the right thing but there are still people complaining),” he added.
10 out of 10 – Duterte also got a perfect score of 10 from 28-year-old buko juice vendor Rose May Roa who praised his campaign against illegal drugs. However, she complained about the rising prices of basic commodities today.
“Yung presyo ng mga paninda ngayon tumaas. Noong hindi pa si Duterte, parang mababa naman (The prices of goods increased, it seemed lower when Duterte was not yet president),” she said.
“Wish ko, at nang lahat siguro ng mamimili, na sana gawan ng paraan na babaan naman ‘yung presyo ng mga bilihin (I wish they could do something about lowering the prices of goods),” she added.
6 out of 10 – Duterte got a score of 6/10 from 21- year-old Customer Service Representative John Carlo Tengco, who said that while the President did a lot, it all falls short when it comes to his behavior.
“He did many projects din naman na nakatulong sa bansa pero ‘yung pagiging unprofessional niya? No (That helped the country a lot, but his being unprofessional? I don’t think so),” he said.
Tengco also said that he felt safer before than today, contrary to the claim of Duterte supporters that the peace in the community is due to his drug war. Tengco said he is critical of what he called the extrajudicial killings that came with the war vs illegal drugs. He also criticized the prevalence of misinformation in social media.
10 out of 10 – President Duterte received a perfect score of 10 from Police Chief Master Sergeant Jonathan Bautista, who cited Duterte’s resolve in fighting crime particularly in eradicating illegal drugs in the country.
“I fully support him especially his crackdown on illegal drugs, because you can now see the real problem of the Philippines when it comes to drug problem unlike before,” the 50-year-old cop from the Manila Police District Homicide Section said.