Gov’t trumpets feats in bid to cement ‘Duterte legacy’

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2020 06:06 PM

The Presidential Communications Operations Office launches the Duterte Legacy campaign, Jan. 17, 2020. Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte’s top government officials boasted Friday of the administration’s achievements halfway through his term in a bid to cement his “legacy” as chief executive.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the campaign aims to showcase the “honest” successes of the administration through a magazine, podcast, documentary and information caravan.

“These accomplishments are indicative of a continuing legacy that shall persist in the next 900 days,” Andanar said.

During the launch in Pasay City, Cabinet officials also opened a photo exhibit on the President’s key policies.

Among programs highlighted during the launch were the "Build, Build, Build" program, Universal Health Care Law, Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education, the establishment of the Bangsamoro region, the Freedom of Information policy, and Duterte’s centerpiece anti-drug campaign.

Starting this year, Andanar said the Presidential Communications Operations Office would hold a "Truth Caravan" to counter supposed disinformation against the government.

The caravan will feature a series of dialogues between the government and local communities, he added.

Duterte rose to power in 2016 with a promise of “change,” and on a platform to eradicate drugs and rid the government of corruption.

He, however, has repeatedly courted criticism for his crackdown on illegal drugs, rape jokes and off-the-cuff remarks.