By Argyll Geducos
President Duterte has laid down some of the landmark measures that he has signed into law as a challenge to his detractors who continue to criticize his administration.
In his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally in Biñan, Laguna Saturday evening, Duterte said that he is not like his critics who are all talk, yet are doing nothing to address the issues.
“Wala namang ginawa kung yawyaw. Basta maka-yawyaw lang. May masabi lang sa issue para hindi makalimutan (They are all talk. They say anything against me just to keep themselves relevant),” he said.
“Ganyan man ang style lahat. Pagdating ng panahon sinong ginayawyaw nila? Ako? Anong ginagawa ko? ‘Ah, Duterte extrajudicial killings.’ Well, sa speech ba nila nagbaba ng 47 percent ang crime (Everyone is like that. When the time comes they will keep criticizing me about the extrajudicial killings. Why? Do they mention the crime rate going down by 47 percent in their speeches)?” he added.
Duterte claimed in his speech that the crime rate plummeted by 47 percent under his watch.
The President also defended the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law, saying this is funding the other laws that he signed such as the Free Tertiary Education Act and the Universal Health Care Law. Both laws have been pending since the previous Congress.
“Nangako ako na free tuition, nandiyan na ang batas. Nangako ako na free universal health care, pirmado ko na ang batas. Ano pa naman gusto (I promised free tuition. It’s now a law. I promised free universal health care. I’ve already signed it. What more do you want)?” he said.
“Iyong Pantawid, sabi ko itutuloy ko. Saan kukunin ‘yan? Nandiyan sa TRAIN lahat ‘yan (I said I will continue the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps. Where will I get the money for all of that? From the TRAIN),” he added.
Duterte then said that he is working on his promise to increase the salary of teachers. He also mentioned that solving the traffic gridlock in EDSA is the only promise he can’t seem to fulfill.
Rants vs Trillanes
Duterte then slammed Senator Antonio Trillanes IV calling his staunchest critic a coward.
According to the President, Trillanes won because of the people’s protests against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. However, he said that the people knew that Trillanes will not be able to achieve anything.
“You know that it would be a mistake to place him there. Alam ninyo ‘yan. And yet pinapabalik ng (You knew that, but you voted for him anyway),” he said.
“Wala namang ginawa ang g***. Ayan, boto-boto pa kayo sa mga ulol na ‘yan. Nagkalat diyan sa Makati. May sentimento kayo kay Gloria Arroyo. Binoto ninyo (That ***t did nothing. You keep voting for those fools when they just made a mess there in Makati. You voted for him because you have grievances against Gloria Arroyo). He won on a protest vote,” he said.
“Bakit hindi siya tumakbo ngayon? Hindi siya tatakbo kay ‘yang Magdalo ‘pag nanalo ‘yan, papasok siya as nominee, maging congressman ang buang (Why didn’t he run for office this time? It’s because if Magdalo wins, he will come in as a nominee. He will become a congressman),” he added.
Duterte also claimed that Trillanes graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) without undergoing the same hardship as his classmates because of his connections.