With election frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte just waiting to be officially proclaimed as the country’s next president, we ask: What changes will his leadership bring to the nation?
The presumptive president has repeatedly stated that his platform will revolve on eradicating drugs and reducing the country’s crime rate within three to six months. However, his other plans have lifestyle consequences that can affect the whole family. Whether it's for the better or worse depends on how you see it.
Here is a shortlist of Duterte's plans:
1 He promised to bring back the death penalty Duterte is no stranger to violence. With his feisty attitude, the man who is known for his blatant public talks of killing people is strongly in favor of reviving the death penalty for heinous crimes like rape and drug trafficking.
2 A curfew may be set in place Due to his concern for the welfare of children, the tough-talking mayor is planning to implement a nationwide curfew for unescorted minors past 10 p.m. Parents of minors caught violating the curfew can face arrest similar to laws being implemented in Davao City. “This is to make sure that our children are in their homes or sleeping already to prepare for the next day school,” Duterte’s spokesperson, Peter Laviña told the Inquirer.
3 Then there's the dreaded liquor ban Yes, the Davao City mayor is eyeing a major liquor ban in public places. The liquor ban will cover the whole country and will also prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. as reported by ABS-CBN. “This has nothing to do about denying us of our freedom. When you go home, you can of course drink to your heart's content in your own private homes. The ban on liquor sale, drinking is only in public places,” Laviña explained.
4 Karaoke crackdown Love it or hate it, you have to admit that you are either that pesky neighbor who keeps cracking those notes at the top of your lungs during the ungodly hours of the night or the victim who patiently endures losing sleep due to that neighbor who doesn’t seem to care. Either way, ABS-CBN reported that the insensitive karaoke culture is about to go out the window as Duterte plans to implement a ban on loud and disturbing karaoke starting 9 p.m.
5 He promises to stop "laglag bala" scam “’Yang tanim-tanim ng bala hintuan niyo talaga ‘yan unless you are ready to swallow the bullet and I will make you do it,” Duterte said during the third presidential debates.
6 An end to “endo” A lot of Filipino workers are complaining that “endo” or the end of contract system being upheld by large companies has put them at a disadvantage in terms of job security. Duterte has stated in one of the presidential debates that he will immediately end contractual employment in the country once he is seated as president. “The moment I assume the presidency contractualization will stop. They have to stop it…that is an injustice committed against the people of the republic of the Philippines,” he said.
7 We might make peace with China Duterte said that to solve the South China Sea issue, he would engage into bilateral talks with China. He also said that he was open to sharing the resources in the disputed areas as long as mutual respect is given.
8 Lasting peace in Mindanao Peace in Mindanao has been an elusive dream for over four decades now in the strife-torn region. As the first Mindanaoan president, Duterte is planning to establish true and lasting peace down south by pushing for the successful passing of the Aquino administration’s Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
“The war in Mindanao runs deep. You know this may sound funny to you but when Magellan landed in Leyte, Islam was already planted firmly in Mindanao. Nothing will appease the Moro people if you do not give them the BBL,” he said in the final presidential debate.