As long as I remembered, I have never done such an act to participate in campaigning any Presidential candidate in the Philippines, not until now.
Along with other Filipinos’ woes and hope, I also wanted a radical change to the Philippines. So, we, some of the OFW here in Dubai decided to meet up and gather our support to our candidate for the Presidency, Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte.
Who is Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte?
“Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte (born March 28, 1945), nicknamed Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician of Visayan descent. Duterte is among the longest-serving mayors in the Philippines and has been mayor of Davao City, a highly urbanized city on Mindanao island, for 7 terms, totaling more than 22 years. He has also served as vice-mayor and congressman in the city.
Enormously popular with the people due to his successful zero-tolerance policies against criminals, he earned the nickname “The Punisher“. Over a period of 20 years, he turned Davao City from the murder capital of The Philippines to what tourism organizations now describe as “the most peaceful city in southeast Asia”.
Davao City under Duterte won the National Literacy Hall of Fame Award for being a three-time first-place winner in the Outstanding Local Government Unit, Highly Urbanized City category. In 2013, Davao City sent rescue and medical teams to Tacloban to give aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Financial assistance was also given to Bohol and Cebu for the earthquake victims.”
“In Davao, Duterte has patrolled streets at night on a Harley Davidson and at times driven a taxi to try to catch robbers preying on drivers. He banned smoking and reportedly once forced a foreigner to chew a cigarette stick for violating the ordinance. Firecrackers, which kill and injure hundreds in the country during New Year’s revelries, are prohibited and a nighttime curfew for minors has eased juvenile delinquency.
What sets Duterte apart from other politicians is his devil-may-care way with expletives, often uttered in public in the local Tagalog language, when he lets off steam over criminality, corruption and government incompetence.”
There are so much to say about our Mayor, but one thing I could further say, he was called by almost of the Filipino people to run and change the Nation.
“OFWs and their families will be the game changer of this election. We have been neglected for a very long time and in this year’s election, we will play an active role in changing the future of our country.” – Rappler.com