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OFWs in UAE hail Pres Duterte’s achievement ahead of his SONA on July 27


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President Rodrigo Duterte has recently celebrated his fourth year anniversary as the top leader of the Republic of the Philippines, and although there were hurdles for the past four years, others think he is still the best president. 

The Global Filipino Magazine spoke to some community leaders in the UAE to know their sentiments on how they perceive Duterte’s way of governing the country. 

“Kulang pa ang 4 years pero napakalaki na ng pinagbago at maraming nawawalang sakit sa bansa. Iisa na lang dapat mawala [dapat] ang mga oposisyon para maging lubusang malaya ang ating bansa,” Tom Alvarado, a Dubai-based painter and entertainer, said. 

Alvarado, who is also an entrepreneur, has been an active supporter of Duterte since the latter sit on his throne. 

“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) is the best president, yan lang,” he added despite the leader having many critics. 

Meanwhile, Aisha Maria Miguela Acobo Bebillo Vanli, coordinator of DDS and SDS Global Samahan Tulungan OFWs Saang Sulok Man Nang Mundo, assessed the performance of Duterte. 

Vanli claimed that the Philippine president has eliminated drug addiction in a ‘short span of time’ and enforces laws of the land properly. She also claimed that Duterte eliminated corruption in the national level and 50 percent in LGUs. 

“He [also] improves our national economy by increasing GDP and eliminate inflation and health care services,” she added. 

The Duterte hard-core supporter said that the current president is ‘very far better than [Noynoy] Aquino as the country is much safer than before. 

“I am no longer afraid of walking down the street at late night. And what I like most as he promised during his campaign, he had promised to replicate the model of Davao City’s 911 for public safety and crime prevention,” she added. 

Duterte will be holding his fifth State of Nation Address on July 27 from the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

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