Follow the leader

Published March 8, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Hector R. R. Villanueva
Hector R. R. Villanueva

By Hector R. R. Villanueva


“So little done, so much to do.”

— Cecil Rhodes


What PDU30 says, PDU30 does.

Whatever PDU30 wants, PDU30 gets.

Thus, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is proceeding his advocacies with impunity, proposed changes and drastic censures of erring businesses and negligent officials which are supported or tolerated by the general public, especially the masses and overseas workers.

Apart from feeble protestations and futile media criticisms, the nation appears in general agreement with Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s strong government style of governance.

One example, from out of the blue, Pres. Digong Duterte threatened to ban tourists from going to famous Boracay Island if businesses and negligent public officials cannot resolve the environmental mess in the resort island with alacrity.

Owing to Mr. Duterte’s initiative, senators, congressmen, media, local officials and Cabinet officers are tripping over each other to get into the act.

Moreover, there have been other examples in which Pres. Duterte has earned billions for the country by going after PAL, a tobacco company and real estate proprietors with threats of closure unless they pay up and they did.

That is the kind of leadership that the Filipino people are looking for.

Thus, apart from the focus and fixation on constitutional reforms, federalism, West Philippine Sea, Communist insurgency, Muslim autonomy and tax reforms which have become national priorities, there are also other concerns that need to be addressed and pursued.

First, “environment.” Under Pres. Duterte, the country can start re-greening and rehabilitating rainforests, coastal seas and rivers to their pristine past.

In the Philippines, we convert fertile lands into subdivisions and golf courses and plant on marginal hills.

Singapore, a former quaint and unattractive port, has been transformed with political will and leadership into a beautiful garden city.

Second, the Philippines needs to contain, decelerate and plateau its population growth and demographic distribution.

Countries with larger and contiguous landmass have smaller population, such as, Thailand and Malaysia, and excepting Indonesia which ahs large land area.

Third, under Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, now is the opportune time to draw up a serious land use policy, and a master plan of development of the natural resources, especially mining.

Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, like his war against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality may not have time to accomplish these missions and goals, but he can, at least, lay down the foundation and templates for his successors and future generations to achieve.

You be the judge.