As the President from the peripheries took his oath last week, the main thought centered on just how this city mayor from the southernmost metropolis won the presidency. Truly, President Duterte’s bailiwick was supposed to be a sure win by candidate Mar Roxas, who leveraged his campaign on what his camp thought was a successful PNoy presidency, even recycling the same Daang Matuwid (Straight Path) slogan. Of course, it can be argued that Mindanao’s major cities enjoyed some economic expansion as illustrated by the increase in high rise buildings and real estate projects fed with cheap financing from banks. The larger reality, however, requires us to inspect whether the outcomes of his presidency for the majority of Filipinos mirror the shiny structures. True enough, the nation stands divided on how to judge the Daang Matuwid administration, whether it delivered on its hopes, or sharpened the sting of existing problems. As Mindanao lay at the edge of his administrations attention, whatever outcomes or benefit to it may not be the result of deliberate action, but merely the net effect of its movement. The bigger truth reveals that it applied the same neglect many of its predecessors stood guilty of. Here is a list of statements that come to mind when I think of PNoy and Mindanao:
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