3 Things You Should Know about President Rodrigo R. Duterte

Who could have thought that a town mayor from Davao, Mindanao would rise as the 16th President of the Philippines? Through crucial and stern battles during the political campaign, President Duterte managed to win the hearts of the people. Some people might have an unfair judgment about him. Labeled as this and that and so and so from various opponents, President Duterte remained firm. He became the first president coming from the Mindanao region and the oldest president of the Philippines. Besides, President Duterte became the first Philippine president to handle and have worked in the three government jurisdictions – executive, judiciary, and legislative bodies. Of course, you probably knew about him in his political rants, but you never had the chance to learn three things about his character, his sense of humanity, and his soft spot.

A Loving Husband

Many people did not know about the president and his emotional side. As the PDP-Laban Chairperson, he worked so hard to accomplish his political task. However, he never failed to love his loved one known to many as Honeylet Avanceña. As a husband, he provided everything and took good care of his wife and children. He could be the best person to speak about time management since he multitasked to support his family, to fulfill this political task, and to lead the country. Like an ordinary man and significant other, President Duterte lived by example as a good and loving husband.

A Caring Father

President Rodrigo Duterte has always been an exceptional and reputable father. As a father of some, he equally treated his children and raised them properly. He became a role model for his children. The fact is, his children followed his footsteps to become leaders and to lead the people. His firm decision and his strong personality allowed him to discipline his children that inspired them to become one. Additionally, most of his children have held offices from various districts and regions. This position in life could prove that his fathership worked well.

A Respectable Leader

President Duterte managed to handle the demanding challenges of his time. From the Marawi Siege to the COVID-19 pandemic, he managed to provide assistance and care for his people. His immediate actions to solve the problems made people feel safe and secure. There might be other people who jeopardized his actions and decisions to delay his urgent assistance to people; however, he made clearer actions and decisions to penalize those who violated his mandates. In terms of providing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), he immediately issued assistance to the people. Some people might not receive their assistance from the government and felt bad about it. However, the President clarified that he would punish those people who stole the money instead of assisting the people, especially the poorest among the poor. Because of that, people respected him.

Indeed, President Rodrigo R. Duterte thrived in all challenges. He managed to confront all difficulties in political and social life. He beat all the odds. Though he received reproach here and abroad, he prospered in whatever decisions he made.

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Teachers’ Dignity Coalition to Support President Duterte’s Opinion against Class Reopening

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition(TDC) hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement against the reopening of classes. President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would not allow pupils or students to go to school without a COVID-19 vaccine.

Conversely, the previous announcement of DepEd to open its classes on August 24 whether brick-and-mortar organizations or online institutions for the school year 2020 to 2021 did contradict President Duterte’s declaration. President Duterte himself said that discussing the opening of classes remained useless if no vaccine against COVID-19 would be available.

“Mga bata, ‘wag muna… I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit dikit ‘yang mga bata. Bahala na hindi na makatapos,” Sabi ng President ng Pilipinas.

(Children, not yet… I will not permit the opening of classes if classrooms become crowded…” President Duterte said)

As well, the TDC mentioned that the Department of Education (DepEd) could focus on its academic plans to convey different educational means to pursue the academic studies of pupils and students devoid of an official pronouncement of class opening.

Additionally, the Department of Education would permit teachers more time to refine their methodological and technical skills to create course programs for pupils and students to handle the “new normal” circumstances.

In the interim, the TDC stated that Congress could commence amending the laws regarding the opening of classes between June and August.

In a statement, the TDC accentuated that they hoped for DepEd to acknowledge the feelings of the parents and teachers, as well as their feelings, understandings, and recommendations in constructing and fashioning their academic plans.

Moreover, the TDC braced President Rodrigo Duterte and his announcement on the reopening of class, as well as its support to the DepEd Secretary that education must continue in a time of the pandemic. With teachers’ skills and infrastructure, all teachers can comply with DepEd’s guidelines.

The TDC said that DepEd, parents, teachers, and the government must prioritize children’s health safety.

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