THOUGH they wanted President Rodrigo Duterte to tone down his public outbursts, some senators still gave the Chief Executive “high marks” in his first 100 days in office.
The Duterte administration will mark its 100 days in power tomorrow, a full three months during which it concentrated on the war against illegal drugs.
On a scale of 1 to 10, Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said he is inclined to give the President “7” considering that he “has shown tremendous political will and is even willing to make unpopular decisions as long as it will be beneficial in the end.”
“But after 100 days, President Duterte still has to realize that he is no longer a local chief executive. We hope to see him quickly adapt into the presidency, because his conduct represents the nation, and his words can shape national policies,” he said.
Ejercito hopes that the President would also focus on improving infrastructure and power generation, which are catalysts for economic development.
“I understand the challenges, that is why we need to help President Duterte adapt quickly into the job. After all, his success is our success,” he said.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, for his part, said he is willing to give the President 7 or 7.5. “The President deserves high marks in his first 100 days in office despite some gaffes due to numerous controversial foreign policy pronouncements.”
“I give special mention to the much improved peace and order situation due to significant reduction in crimes against persons and property,” he added.
Asked to rate the President’s first three months in office, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said: “I think there is still a lot of room for improvement. The administration can still improve in foreign relations and in putting faster economic reforms. For me, I give him 8 out of 10.”
“Based on my observations, the President is very consistent with his promise of eliminating illegal drugs and putting order on the streets. This is the sole reason why he was voted into office. People are starting to feel safe. Government officials are afraid of stealing from government coffers,” he said.
Meawhile, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the President’s critics, said that he is inclined to give the President a “5” rating. “He’s a 5. Aside from the war on drugs, there are no drastic policy changes on the other areas of governance.”
“Worse, we’re now the laughingstock of the international community. A reassessment of the administration’s shift in our foreign policy, as well as the country’s economic thrusts and direction is in order,” he added.
Sen. Leila de Lima deplored that President Rodrigo Duterte was “a single issue president” during his first 100 days in office as he focused on his all-out war against illegal drugs and neglected other pressing national concerns.
De Lima said: “Alam mo nakakalungkot ‘yung 100 days -- full of promises, full of aspirations for change. Change is supposed to be coming.”
“Ano ba nangyari for the last 100 days? Naka- focus d’yan sa war on drugs. Nothing wrong with that per se. Pero dahil diyan nagkaroon ng maraming patayan,” she said.
“In the same manner naging one issue candidate (ang Pangulo). He is now a single issue President. Naka-focus lang sa war on drugs. May pangalawa pa palang issue -- war on Leila de Lima,” said De Lima in a chance interview.