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First 100 Days: The Highs And Lows Of The Duterte Administration

Here's to looking at the big picture
by Andrei Medina | Oct 7, 2016
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Time really flies as today marks President Rodrigo Duterte's first one hundred days as the country's highest official after winning in a landslide victory during the heated 2016 elections.

In just a little over three months of being our leader, Duterte has had a number of shining moments and an equal amount of blunders, mostly attributed to his aggressive personality.

Let's take a look at some of the highlights of the Duterte presidency, from patching up with Vice President Leni Robredo to his recent trip in Vietnam.

Jul. 5: Police generals
The president publicly names five high ranking-officials allegedly protecting the illegal drug trade in the country.

Jul. 7: End of 'laglag bala'
With a simple change of rules, Manila International Airport Authority Chief Ed Monreal ended the 'laglag bala' modus at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) by instructing airport personnel not to file charges against individuals caught with bullets in their baggage.

Jul. 12: Robredo as part of Cabinet
During this day, Robredo became part of the Duterte administration's Cabinet as the chief of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council after Duterte offered her the post. The move was seen as something that would unite the country as both came from opposing political parties.

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Jul. 20: 91% trust rating
A Pulse Asia survey conducted earlier this month revealed that Duterte enjoyed a 91 percent trust rating after assuming office.

Jul. 24: Executive order on FOI
Duterte signed an executive order on Freedom of Information which affects the whole executive branch of the government.

Jul. 25: First SONA
On the last Monday of July, Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), where he reiterated his promise to the Filipino people to rid the country of criminals, particularly those involved in the illegal drug trade. His SONA lasted for 1 hour and 32 minutes.

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Aug. 1: Emergency hotline 911, 8888
Making good of Duterte's promise, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched emergency hotlines 911 and 8888 that handle citizen reports and complaints.

Aug. 2: Drug suspect Leyte mayor surrenders
Fearing for his life, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa surrendered to authorities and admitted that his son, Kerwin was a drug lord but denied his involvement.

Aug. 15: One-stop shop for OFWs opened
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration opened the first one-stop shop for overseas Filipino workers which shortens the time needed to secure their documents before they can be deployed abroad.

Aug. 29: Five Army battalions sent to Sulu
An enraged Duterte sent in an additional five Philippine Army battalions to Sulu to put an end to the Abu Sayyaf threat following reports of the bandit group beheading a local teenage captive.

Sept. 5: ASEAN Summit
Duterte flew to Laos to attend the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit where world leaders gather to discuss the interests of their respective countries.

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Sept. 9: Duterte in Indonesia
The president arrived in Indonesia where he and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed to cooperate against illegal drugs and the threat of spreading global terrorism.

Sept. 13: Suicide hotline
The Department of Health established a 24/7 hotline aimed to prevent suicides by consoling and giving support to potential victims.

Sept. 21: Extension of driver's license validity
The Department of Transportation announced that they will extend the validity of driver's licenses and car plates to five years for new registrations starting October.

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Sept. 22: NAIA Expressway and free WiFi
Some parts of the NAIA Expressway that links Terminals 1 to 3 has been opened to the public. Free WiFi with speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second was also established in the airport.

Sept. 23: Pampanga shabu megalab
Authorities uncovered the country's biggest shabu lab in Arayat, Pampanga which is believed to have pumped out 100 kilos of illegal substance per batch it makes.

Sept. 28: Duterte in Vietnam
The president arrived in Vietnam where Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang agreed to share intelligence data on the illegal drug trade to the Philippines.

Oct. 3: Executive Order No. 3
With this executive order, the president raised the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines' combat pay to P3,000 per month from P340 and P500 respectively.

Oct. 6: PNP's war on drugs statistics
So far, 1,390 drug suspects were killed, 22,971 were arrested while over 700,000 have surrendered to authorities as part of the effects of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.


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On the other hand, check out some Duterte and his administration's most polarizing moments:

Aug. 7: Politicos in drug list
The president once again publicly names a list of government officials, mostly judges, cops and local executives allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. The officials cried foul over the public shaming, especially Rep. Amado Espino, Duterte's friend.

The president would then apologize and take back some names including that of Espino's on September 27.

Aug. 21: Threat to leave UN
When it comes to criticism on extrajudicial killings, the president has an extremely short temper. So when one United Nations (UN) official exactly did that, he responded by threatening to withdraw the Philippines' membership from the international body.

Aug. 25: Bilibid drug matrix implicating De Lima
On this day, the president released the New Bilibid Prison drug matrix that saw Senator Leila de Lima as the alleged highest government official involved in the illegal drug trade.

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The move was seen as a political one that aimed to slowly strip De Lima from her position, which once again divided the nation.

Sept. 5: State of lawless violence
Following the deadly Davao City bombing, the president signed a proclamation that placed the country under a state of lawless violence.

Many individuals believed the proclamation was unnecessary and the move also stirred fears of a potentially creeping martial law.

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Sept. 5: 'Son of a b*tch' remark vs Obama 
Before leaving the country for the ASEAN Summit, Duterte issued one of his many controversial statements where he made a "son of a b*tch" comment against US President Barack Obama.

Needless to say, the infamous remark reached Obama's camp, prompting them to cancel their ASEAN meeting with Duterte who later on said he regretted that his comments were taken as a personal attack, a claim denied by Obama.

Sept. 21: 'Fuck you, EU'
During a speaking engagement in Davao City, an angry Duterte cursed the European Union for telling him to put a stop to the extrajudicial killings in the country which has reached an alarming rate.

Sept. 28: Bilibid riot that killed 1 high-profile inmate
Despite being transferred to a dedicated building to house them and the heavy security provided by the Special Action Forces, a supposed riot still broke out of Building 14 in Bilibid.

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This resulted in the death of high-profile inmate and convicted drug lord Tony Co. Other high-profile inmates were apparently stabbed, including Jaybee Sebastian who is allegedly the largest drug operator inside the national penitentiary.

Sept. 30: 'Hitler' remark
During a speaking engagement, the president likened his war on drugs to Adolf Hitler's ways and said he was willing to let the extrajudicial killings in the country go on as long as it was the criminals who were killed.

Shortly enough, the remark became widespread. Duterte then issued a personal apology during another speaking engagement with the Jewish community.

Oct. 4: 'Mr. Obama, you can go to hell'
In his latest unprovoked tirade against the US and the EU, the president once again had nasty comments against US President Obama.

During a speaking engagement, Duterte told Obama to go to hell and the EU to choose purgatory. The US and the EU have previously criticized the rise in extrajudicial killings in the Philippines since Duterte became president.

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