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Duterte reports gains in first 50 days in office

President Duterte will mark his first 50 days in office today with a mix of hits and misses.

Moving away from the traditional 100-day milestone celebration, the Presidential Communications Office has prepared an activity entitled “#50FirstDays” to showcase the President’s achievements from the strong campaign against illegal drugs to the landmark executive order on Freedom of Information.

A documentary on the President’s early days in office, produced by the PCO, will be launched during the program at the Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City.

“We hope President Duterte’s #50FirstDays will inspire every Filipino to become a partner for change as we embark on this journey for a better Philippines,” PCO Secretary Martin Andanar said.

Andanar listed the President’s achievements in the early days in office such as decline in crime volume in July and the mass surrender of drug dependents to authorities.

The government also takes pride of the establishment of a one-stop shop for overseas Filipino workers, executive order implementing FOI in the Executive branch, intensified campaign against contractual employment, resumption of peace talks with the communist rebels as well as Muslim rebel groups, and the name-and-shame list of government officials with suspected drug links.

Other achievements are $2.4-billion grant from Japan for the construction of the railway from Manila to Bulacan, the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe pageant in 2017, establishment of hotlines for emergencies and citizens’ complaints, and appointment of Leftists to Cabinet positions. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

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