President Rodrigo Duterte is optimistic the quality of life of Filipinos will improve in the middle of his term.
He said the government is fulfilling his campaigns including eliminating graft and corruption, crime and illegal drugs; ensuring that Filipinos are safe from threats; and improving the local economy.
“Konting tiis lang. I’m on my second year. Maybe towards the end of the third year and the early part of the fourth year medyo angat na tayo,” he said on February 22.
The President also noted the economy’s continuous growth as well as the creation of more jobs given his administration’s massive “Build, Build, Build” initiative.
Duterte also urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to return to the Philippines to contribute to its development.
“Hindi na kayo kailangang pumunta sa labas. Huwag kayong pumunta sa labas kasi I cannot protect you. Magtiis-tiis na lang tayo dito,” he said, referring to those Filipinos who plan to work abroad as domestic workers.
Just recently, the President mandated to stop the deployment of workers in Kuwait following reports of abuses, particularly the news that a Pinay worker, Joanna Demafelis, was found dead inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment.
Duterte visited the wake of Demafelis to express his condolences and assure the family of the victim that the government would continue to find justice for the brutal death of the domestic worker.
“I’d tell you now, until and unless mahuli ‘yung dalawa and they are really behind bars, the deployment of OFW to [Kuwait] will remain. Ban po talaga,” he said.