Amidst all the criticisms from the media, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was bashed with controversies for allegedly cursing at Barack Obama.
Some people despise Duterte for his language and actions and that many rocks are being thrown at him. However, we must be constantly reminded some of the good things that the former Davao mayor has done. Below are the good deeds of the president that people seemed to be forgetting.
He is the godfather of children with cancer in House of Hope
President Duterte’s birthday is always celebrated in Davao’s House of Hope, a transient home of cancer patients getting treatment in a hospital in Davao. Patients and their families from other parts of Mindanao are also staying in the said transient home.
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He gives groceries to police so they will not be tempted to accept bribes
Duterte understands the hardships of the police and one of the things that he does for them is give them groceries to lure them away from temptation in accepting any bribes and get into illegal activities.
He supports LGBT rights
While some malicious reports claimed that the new president is “insensitive” to gays, Duterte embraces diversity and supports LGBT rights. He allowed a gay running for office in his ticket when he was still mayor. In 2009, he criticized the COMELEC on excluding Ang Ladlad from the partylist slate.
He put up 911 and other emergency hotlines
Duterte revamped the current hotlines and replaced them with new ones that are easier to remember. While it is still in improvement, 911 has been in operations and has received positive reviews from those who used the hotline for emergencies.
He is the first one to extend help to Yolanda victims
The president is reportedly the first one to help the Yolanda victims. Thanks to his Cebuano roots, Duterte was the first to pour in the donations to the victims. He also instructed Davao’s 911 to help with the rescue operations.
He is the first to send rice to Kidapawan farmers
Just like what he did to the victims of Yolanda, President Duterte immediately sent sacks of rice to Kidapawan farmers that stormed Cotabato municipal hall hungry. He even condemned the governor saying that what does she expect people to do, they are hungry! This is followed by a generous rice donation of other Davaoenos.
He returned the ancestral domains of Lumad farmers and supports indigenous people
Duterte is very partial to indigenous people and supported the cause of Lumad farmers. He announced in his State of the Nation Address that he will give back the ancestral domains of the Lumad farmers. However, Duterte said that they should be able to make livelihood out of their land.
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(Photo credit: RTVM / Presidential Communications)
He sympathized with the families of the victims of Davao bombing
Right after the Davao bombing, Duterte went to the scene and checked on the families of the victims of the incident. He made sure that the victims know they have financial assistance.
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