Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was “awesome” and received a “thumbs up” in his first year in office, from former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr. on Friday.
Gloria Arroyo, now Pampanga representative and deputy speaker in Congress, cited Duterte’s war on drugs and his plan to rebuild the country’s infrastructure.
Arroyo said: “President Rodrigo Duterte has shown awesome leadership and resolve in the many programs that he promised to do during his presidency.”
Arroyo said that in Duterte’s first year, he managed to institute various bold reforms against illegal drugs and corruption.
“His Build, build, build initiative is commendable and is a step in the right direction towards achieving inclusive growth,” she added.
During Arroyo’s term as president, Duterte was her anti-crime adviser.
Meanwhile, “Bongbong” Marcos praised one of Duterte’s qualities that he had shown the country.
Marcos said among those that evidently changed in the country during Duterte’s first year in post is his administration’s foreign policy.
Marcos noted that Duterte has managed to change both the foreign and the domestic policy during his first year. He added that this could be the reason why majority of the Filipino people continuously support Duterte.
On the ‘official BBM website,’ this is the ‘Statement of Former Senator BBM on Presient Duterte’s first year in office’:
‘President Rodrigo Duterte has shown one singular quality that is very clear and the reason why he is very popular – the quality of leadership. He has shown that leadership both in our local and foreign policies. For example, he has redirected our foreign policy and that is the reason why we have regained once again a crucial and important position in the international community to the benefit of the Philippines. It is the same with various domestic policies. I think the Filipino people recognize that. Only a good leader can do that and he managed to do just that.’