- Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte’s 8-point agenda is being criticized for being similar with that of President Aquino
- Critics said that both Duterte and Aquino’s plans lack a taste of socialism
- Duterte said that he does not intend to introduce communism in the country
Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte is being criticized for coming up with an eight-point agenda similar to that of incumbent President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.
According to the outgoing mayor of Davao City, he does not intend to transform the Philippines into a communist nation despite campaigning for socialism before the elections.
“What do you want? The color of communism?” Duterte asked.
He further adds, “This is my agenda, and the Congress right now, or some of them said, that they would support my economic agenda. Fine.”
Duterte also noted that even though he had already laid out his plans for the country, he will not control the authority of the Congress, which is composed of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“I am praying I’ll have a sympathetic Congress at the very least,” he said.
Last week, Duterte’s transition team bared the incoming president’s 8-point agenda, which includes continuing and maintaining macroeconomic policies, accelerating infrastructure spending, ensuring the attractiveness of the Philippines to foreign investors, pursuing a genuine agricultural development strategy, addressing the bottlenecks in the land administration and management system, strengthening the basic education system, improving the country’s income tax system, and expanding and improving the implementation of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.
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