MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against criminality especially the war on illegal drugs has been "excellent", ordinary workers said on Monday ahead of the President's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
Jamil Mabini, 21, a resident of Sinagtala, Quezon City, who works as a utility worker, told the PNA that he feels the change in President Duterte's campaign compared to the past administration.
Nabawasan ang kriminalidad, mas mababa kumpara dati, nabawasan ng adik dito sa aming lugar, he said.
Mabini also appealed to President Duterte to focus on eliminating corrupt government officials from office.
For his part, Joseph Borbon, 35, also a Quezon City resident, agreed with Duterte's performance on criminality citing some of his friends who have changed lifestyles ahead of the illegal drugs campaign.
Para sa akin, good performance si President Duterte on (illegal) drugs campaign. Nabawasan ang krimen, naging peaceful, said Borbon, who is a glass alumnum factory worker, and is selling quail eggs and mineral water on the streets for police officers and rallyist looking to get a quick snack before the SONA.
He said his income triples at the end of the event, earning at least PHP4,500 from his usual income of PHP1,500.
Having no stable job and three kids to feed, Borbon urged President Duterte to provide more jobs and equal opportunities for workers.
Sana maging focus niya (President Duterte) ang trabaho kasi yun ang kailangan namin dahil ganun pa din ang bilihin hindi nagbago tumataas pa so kung may trabaho may pambili, Borbon, whose children ages 14, 10, and six, and has wife who works as a barangay as a staff.
Source: Philippines News Agency