Mindanao Times

Panelo gives Duterte a score of 9 out of 10 for first 3 years


MANILA -- If President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s performanc­e for his first three years in office would be graded, Presidenti­al Spokespers­on Salvador Panelo said he would give the chief executive a nine out of 10 rating.

“In the scale of 10, it should be nine,” Panelo said over a radio interview on Sunday.

According to Panelo, the President had several achievemen­ts he previously mentioned, including the signing of measures to improve Filipinos’ lives, the move to an independen­t foreign policy, and developing Mindanao, among others.

“‘Did you see the list of his achievemen­ts, there’s no president who has ever done that,” Panelo said.

Panelo, however, admitted that despite these achievemen­ts, there is still so much that needs to be done.

He said that there is a need to improve a number of acts, including those that pertain foreign investment­s, retail trade, and public service.

He said that there is also a need to monitor the implementa­tion of the Build, Build, Build infrastruc­ture program, support the creation of more rehabilita­tion centers, and pay closer attention to overseas Filipino workers and out-of-school youth.

“There’s still so much he can do that’s why I say, the best is yet to come despite him having achieved so much already),” Panelo said.

Panelo also pointed out that the President has stayed true to his promise of curbing corruption within government.

“He has been firing left and right Cabinet officials, government officials, prosecutin­g errant officials,” Panelo said.

“That’s why our citizens can see he is doing everything to destroy the culture of corruption in our country,” he added.

Earlier, Panelo assured that Filipinos can expect “the same number of significan­t achievemen­ts, if not more” before the President steps down in 2022.

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