Andanar: Next President has big shoes to fill

Published July 17, 2019, 9:21 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Argyll Geducos

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that with just the first three years of being chief executive, President Duterte has already set the bar high for his successor.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (PCOO/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (PCOO/ MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview over DZMM, Andanar said that Duterte will be leaving a lasting legacy once he follows through with all of his promises.

“Ano ba ang makakikita natin for the next three years? Matatapos ba yung Subway System? Matatapos ba yung kalye? Matatapos by yung mga bridges? (What will we see for the next three years? Will the subway system be completed? Will the roads be completed? Will the bridges be completed?)” Andanar said.

“Because that’s really the hard legacy of the President. Kapag na-lay na yung plano for the next three years, dito rin papasok yung kaba ng susunod na presidente. Kung sinuman yung magiging pangulo sa 2022, ay siyempre kailangan higitan niya (When the plan for the next three years is laid out, this is when the next president will get nervous. Whoever becomes the president in 2022, of course, he needs to surpass that),” he added.

“Setting the bar, that’s the right term. Setting the bar for the next president, for the next generation of Filipinos,” he continued.

Andanar also said that Duterte’s speech during the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday will reflect the “happy” and “hopeful” mood that TV and film Director Joyce Bernal aims to have.

“Mayroon talaga tayong rason (There’s really a reason). We’re just coming off of the huge victory in the midterm elections. Nagkaroon ng SWS survey, satisfaction is 80 percent,” Andanar said.

“But the important message to really listen to is kung ano yung mga gagawin (what are the things he will do) for the next three years. Now, there’s the poverty alleviation. Bringing down poverty from 21 to 14 percent, and bringing our economy to the upper-middle class by the end of his term,” he added.

“There’s also the ‘Build, Build, Build,’ the infrastructure projects. And thirdly, the peace and order. The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict,’ he continued.