President Rodrigo Duterte took pride that he had fulfilled “almost all” of his campaign promises months before bowing out of office, but admitted that he had failed to eradicate all threats against peace and order.
Duterte issued the statement Thursday during the inauguration of seaport development projects in Zamboanga City. He said he tried his “best” to address the illegal drug trade and terrorism.
“My term is nearing its end. I can say with a little bit of pride that I fulfilled almost all of my promises. Just look at peace and order,” he said in a mix of English and the vernacular.
“But, you know, for as long as there are men on this planet, there will always be misdeeds and wrongdoings committed by human beings,” the President added.
Duterte said there would always be “stupid guys” hooked on illegal drugs. He also conceded that communist insurgency would continue to haunt the country. “Be that as it may, I tried my best” he said.
The Commander-in-Chief also vowed to spend the remaining months of his administration crushing crimes.
He also reiterated the government’s commitment to complete the remaining infrastructure projects under the ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program.
Duterte said the projects would boost inclusive growth and generate income for various industries in the provinces, especially for the shipping, fishing and tourism sectors.
“As my term nears its end, let me emphasize that even with all the difficulties posed by the pandemic, this administration will continue to implement vital infrastructure projects to improve the lives of Filipinos, he said.
“We remain committed to pursuing sustainable development projects that will benefit all our kababayans (countrymen) even beyond 2022,” he added.
The President, however, did not touch on his other campaign promises, including the country’s shift to federalism and ending labor “contractualization.”
Duterte, who will step down from Malacañang in June 2022, has fiercely advocated putting an end to drug use and the decades-old insurgency during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, keeping peace and order had been the centerpiece of Duterte’s administration.