While the infantile Philippine media continues to focus on their self-righteous anger and bruised egos after President-elect Rody Duterte took them to task for failing to rid their ranks of extortionists and crooks posing as “journalists,” his cabinet-to-be has quietly begun the heavy work of righting the many social injustices left by the previous administrations.
In-coming Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary, Judy Taguiwalo visited the UCCP Haran compound in Davao City to talk to the tribal leaders of the Lumad evacuees that have been displaced from their homes because of para-military operations in their mountain homeland.
According to reports, Duterte has prioritized the restoration of peace and order in the affected communities and the return of thousands of evacuees to their homes. Says Fidel Agcaoili, a member of the panel negotiating for peace between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF), “When (Duterte) said ‘bring them home,’ he meant to live and safety.”
In the meantime, also away from the media limelight, Duterte’s in-coming Secretary for the abuse-prone, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has vowed to reverse the Department’s “anti-farmer” stance and “ensured that no farmer will be displaced from his farmland.”
Duterte has made agricultural development and food security through sustainable farming practices one of the pillar programs of his administration.
On the peace and order front, in-coming Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa says that his first priority will be to implement Duterte’s order to rid the PNP of scalawags and crooks in uniform. “Uunahin ko ang mga pulis ko. Lilinisin ko ang PNP. Tatanggalin ang dapat tanggalin. (I will begin with my police force. I will clean up the PNP. I will remove those that need to be removed).
On social media, which was the key communication’s platform that brought Duterte to Presidency, reactions of netizens to the in-coming President’s pronouncements has continued to be positive. Many are even encouraging the President to by-pass traditional media altogether and instead use social media to talk direct to the people.