#DuterteYearOne: Allies, opposition assess Duterte's first year in office

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President Duterte wore a local-brand Ibarra watch before flying off to Russia.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — As President Rodrigo Duterte's administration turns a year old on Friday, both his allies and critics assess how he performed.

Vice President Leni Robredo, who has had a rocky relationship with the President since Day 1, said while the administration achieved a lot of its goals, it still has flaws.

"Palagay ko unfair naman kay Pangulo kung ako mag-grade sa kanya basta sa akin maraming ginawa...Madami rin pagkukulang. Yung pagkukulang pagtulungan na lang natin lahat," Robredo said.

[Translation: I think it's unfair for me to grade the President, but I think he has done a lot...but also lacking. However, we can all work on those shortcomings.]

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The Vice President then acknowledged she still has a lot to do, following her resignation as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council on December 2016, due to "irreconcilable differences" with the President.

"Yung sa'tin parati din kulang. Siguro hindi nagkukulang sa sipag pero sa dami ng kailangan tulungan. Kulang pa din na kahit ginugugol natin malaking chunk ng ating oras sa pagbaba, kulang pa rin ang oras," Robredo said.

[Translation: On our part, it's also lacking. Maybe not on the diligance but on the amount of Filipinos we've helped. Even we allot a huge chunk of our time to help those in need, it's still not enough.]

Allies: Inclusive growth, uniting Filipinos

Former presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Joseph Estrada say President Duterte did a satisfactory job in his first year in office.

"President Rodrigo Duterte has shown awesome leadership and resolve in the many programs that he promised to do during his presidency," Arroyo said.

Arroyo also commended Duterte's reforms against illegal drugs and corruption, and the "Build, Build, Build" initiative towards inclusive growth.

She added, "President Duterte has achieved to inspire and unite the Filipino people towards his goal of effecting real change for the country."

READ: Duterte admin's goal is to 'build, build, build'

Estrada then expressed his support for Duterte, as his experience from local government proved useful in his presidency.

"He was able to unite all the police forces and the executives around him to support him. I'm one of them. I'm all out supporting the President," Estrada said, "We are lucky that President Duterte came from the local government-24 years. So he has more experience, he knows the feel of the people, especially the masses."

Former senator Bongbong Marcos, one of Duterte's political allies, likewise praised the President's leadership.

"Si President Duterte has shown the one singular quality that's very clear and the reason why he's very popular: leadership. Talagang may pinakita siyang leadership. Meron siyang binago," Marcos said.

[Translation: President Duterte has shown the one singular quality that's very clear and the reason why he's very popular: leadership. He has really shown leadership. He has effected change.]

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Marcos also lauded Duterte's diplomatic efforts that has resulted in stronger relationships with foreign nations.

"Binago niya yung ating foreign policy. Iba na ang lugar natin sa mundo dahil sa kanya, and it is to the benefit of the Philippines, and people should recognize that," he said.

[Translation: He changed our foreign policy. He has changed our country's position among nations, and it is to the benefit of the Philippines, and people should recognize that.]

Opposition: Broken promises, bloody drug war

Meanwhile, for two opposition senators, President Duterte's administration is bug

ged by issues surrounding his campaign and behavior.

In a dispatch, Sen. Leila de Lima, a staunch critic of the President who is now detained for alleged drug charges, held Duterte accountable for his campaign promise of eliminating drugs in three to six months.

"Makalipas ang isang taon, nasaan na tayo? Nagresulta lang ang inyong 'War on Drugs' sa pagpatay at patuloy na pagpatay ng libu-libong Pilipino—karamihan ay mga maralitang walang kalaban-laban, kabilang ang mga inosenteng bata," de Lima said.

[Translation: After a year, where are we now? Your 'War on Drugs' just resulted in the continuous killing of thousands of Filipinos—most of them are poor and helpless, including innocent children.]

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She then urged the administration to stop the alleged extrajudicial killings, appealing for them to gun down the root of the problem.

"Ang tugisin ninyo, sa pamamaraan na sang-ayon sa batas, ay yung mga tunay at malalaking drug lords at drug dealers at ang mga protektor nila sa pamahalaan, kapulisan at militar," de Lima said.

[Translation: Who you should chase, in ways allowed by law, are the big drug lords and drug dealers, and their protectors in the government, police, and military.]

Sen. Risa Hontiveros also raised the issue on the rise of fake news online and the widespread "culture of sexism and impunity" that is apparent in the Duterte administration.

"Many of us here have probably heard or read the stories reported by the media - the trivializing of rape as something funny, or telling soldiers that it is okay to commit rape, reducing women public leaders to body parts, catcalling a female reporter and justifying it as freedom of expression and a compliment," Hontiveros said on Friday in a speech at the Ateneo de Manila University.

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She then criticized the human rights violations allegedly committed in the administration's drug war.

"We must never forget nor dismiss this sanctioned and deliberate crime against the people...To forget is an assault upon truth. To forget is to erase our humanity," Hontiveros said.

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