Metro Manila · Old President Out, New President In: What To Expect From President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte
There will be a lot of changes in the coming days and possibly the next six years. Here are the things that Megacitizens should expect from the Duterte administration.
President Aquino’s term will end this month and President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte from Davao will soon take over.
As many journalists, political analysts, and the incoming President himself said, there will be a lot of changes. Megacitizens will likely benefit from these changes especially in Metro Manila because those who currently don’t follow traffic rules will soon follow them. In 2014, Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio was fined for speeding in Davao City. Duterte-Carpio promptly paid for the fine, reports say. Davao City's Information Office said after the incident that "no one is above the law."
The new President will also focus on the country’s problem with illegal drugs – something that he did in Davao where he served as mayor for 22 years.
On the streets of Quezon City, a tricycle driver told us that he will stop smoking soon in anticipation of a smoking ban in public places.
These are small changes though because according to the Davao lawyer, there will be major changes in the country. This includes an overhaul of the Philippines’ system of government. Duterte, based on his many interviews in the past few months, hopes to devolve power from the capital Manila to the provinces.
Duterte’s win on the May 9 polls paved the way for more talks about the incoming President’s plan to seek national consensus to revise the Philippine constitution. If this pushes through, Megacitizens will see a transformation from the unitary form of government to a parliamentary and federal one.
The tough-talking mayor's proposal to devolve power from the Megacity comes as a challenge to the country’s established politicians, analysts say. A political outsider at the national level, Duterte slammed traditional politicians as self-serving and corrupt.
Mr. Earl Parreno of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reforms said that this plan will likely be opposed by Manila’s powerful elite.
Megacitizens who watch the news daily will also see announcements of Duterte’s cabinet appointees for the different executive departments.