President Rodrigo Duterte said one of the biggest lessons he learned from his later father, the former Davao governor, was to embrace public service if you want to be a politiko.

People are not stupid: My father told me you can’t fake public service – Duterte

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President Rodrigo Duterte said one of the biggest lessons he learned from his later father, the former Davao governor, was to embrace public service if you want to be a politiko.

“I remembered by father. Jun (Evasco). When we were young, while we were having lunch or dinner, I would brag and say, ‘Ah ako, when I grow up I want to be a mayor’. Our father would chastise us and say, ‘Do not try to look beyond. What you should do is to get a good education’,” said Duterte in a speech in Bohol.

“He said, ‘If you are going to enter politics, make sure that you really love serving the public. It would be very difficult if you enter that just to brag about how good you are. The people will be able to sense that… What you need is to truly love public service,” he added.

When he entered politics as Davao City mayor in 1988 elections, Duterte said he put to heart his father’s words and made sure that he would deliver on making the life of his constituents safer and better.

He said this was the reason why he has never lost an election in his life. “Maybe that’s how much the people love me. It’s not a pretended feeling.

The people can sense it,” said Duterte.

“If you make the effort to shake their hands and… The people can sense it especially if you just sit there doing nothing but wait for the next election. People are not stupid. Even the poor can understand,” he added.

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Holiday na nagka-pasok pa! Netizens fume as Duterte declares Nov 2, Dec 24, Dec 31 2021 as working days

Netizens expressed dismay with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lessen the number of non-working days in 2021 in a bid to spur economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte on Friday (February 26) signed Proclamation No. 1107, which categorized three days that had been declared special holidays as special working days. These are Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day), Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve).

“For the country to recover from the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” Duterte’s proclamation read.

Writer @JerryGracio tweeted: “Hindi na special non-working holiday ang All Souls Day. Wala kasing kaluluwa si Duterte.”

Journalist @prinzmagtulis said: “Duterte government’s strategy to revive the economy: Ease monetary policy || Reject additional fiscal stimulus || Lessen holidays.”

Twitter user @Punongbayan_ asked: “Payag ka rito pero si Duterte, 365 days ang non-working holidays?”

Netizen @nicoquejano tweeted: “Okay. Sa mga nagsasabi na pumapasok naman talaga sila pag December 24 at December 31. Mga teh, Duterte just took away the holiday premium you get for working on a holiday! Suck on that, mga DDS. Puñeta.”

Twitter user @Nicocoleeta said: “Sana di na magkaroon ng masarap na ulam ever si Duterte at pamilya nya. pwede naman kasi tanggalin yung Nov. 30, Day of Valor, or Chinese New Year as holidays eh, pero nope yung mga holidays na in a way ‘need’ para macelebrate yung occassion with families.”

Markahan na kalendaryo! Here are the important dates for May 2022 elections

The election fever is expected to rise in the coming months as the May 2022 polls near.

While a number of politikos are still coy about their political plans, they are for sure laying down the groundwork for next year to meet the key dates set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Resolution No. 10695 issued by the Comelec on February 10, 2021 detailed the calendar of activities in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

Among the important poll-related dates and activities listed in the resolution are:

May 31, 2021: Last day for filing of petitions for registration of coalition of political parties

October 1, 2021 to October 8, 2021: Period for filing certificates of candidacy and certificates of nomination for all elective positions

November 15, 2021: Last day for the substitute of an official candidate of a political party or coalition who withdrew, died, or was disqualified by final judgment to file certificate of candidacy in order to reflect the name of the substitute on the official ballot.

February 8, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senator and party-list groups.

March 25, 2022 to May 7, 2022: Campaign period for candidates for members of the House of Representatives and other local positions.

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