Bilyonaryo Joey Concepcion is urging the public to respect President Rodrigo Duterte’s management style, including his take no prisoners approach in snuffing out illegal drugs in the country.
In a press conference in Malacananang Tuesday, the presidential adviser on entrepreneurship said: ”The President has his own style of management, and I respect his style of management. In (sic) the end of the day, the majority of the Filipinos voted for him. And we have to live with that decision and I’m sure the President in many of his moves, he’s well calculated.”
Concepcion sees in Duterte the “only chance” for Filipinos to see change happen in the country. “I’ve never seen a leadership like this that has put a lot of action. One can criticize his method but if one will never to do anything it’s just worst ‘no. It’s the first time that we have seen the level of drug addiction in this country and it requires for certain styles of leadership to really bring about change.”
Duterte has come under heavy criticism from both local and international human rights groups for his brutal war on drugs which has resulted to over 7,000 deaths in just his first seven months in office.
He compared the presidency to a CEO of a company who have their own style of running an organization. While other leaders turn to consultants, Concepcion said that he and the president both rely on gut feel in making tough decisions.
“There are types of managers who would look and consult—consultants ‘no. And there are types of people like entrepreneurs who would rely on gut feel ‘no. I’m a person who relies more on gut feel and a bit of research but gut feel. Many entrepreneurs out there rely on gut feel. And I think this President relies on his own gut feel, his experience as Davao mayor for many, many years that has brought Davao to where it is today. So we have to respect that,” said Concepcion.
He said the public should respect Duterte’s style especially since he won the election and deserved to run the country his way. “You may not agree with it, and some may agree with it. The next leader after six years will have his own style. Yes, sometimes we make mistakes and like everybody who runs a business,” said Concepcion.