Palace: Future PH presidents should emulate Duterte

Published November 20, 2018, 5:17 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has set such a high standard for a Chief Executive of the country that all else who will follow in his steps would have a hard time matching his achievements.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. (VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses the pressing concerns of the country during a dialogue with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. (VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

This was the assessment made by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo who said that future Philippine leaders would have to bear the same characteristics as Duterte if they want to succeed.

“Well, my take is that this president has set a standard of a leader in this country, and there is no other way from those who will succeed him to be like him. One underlying principle serving and protecting this country,” he said.

“He has set the standards of how a leader should govern this country,” he added.

Panelo, however, said that future President should still try to replicate Duterte.

“[They] should be like him—in other words, courageous, independent, diplomatic, creative. He’s a thinking president,” he said.

Panelo pointed out that President Duterte was able to start establishing better ties with China by setting aside, for the time being, The Hague ruling which affirmed the Philippines’ rights over the portions of the South China Sea.

 
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