MANILA, Philippines – We took a quick poll of people on Taft Avenue and asked the question, do you agree that “change is here?”
University professor Ron Resurrecion says, “The most significant, what is striking for me, is that there are quick changes. Well, both positive and negative. ”
He adds, “He delivered on his promises, but the quick changes might also mean impulsive changes.”
He sums it up, “I like the idea of eliminating drugs. Good intentions but the methods may need improvement.”
Student Georgia Chan says, “Hopefully in the years to come and the remainder of his term he’ll be able to stick to his ‘Change is Coming’ but in a more positive way.”
Some say their lives haven’t improved. “There’s still demolition,” said an urban poor activist. “Endo is still here,” said another laid-off worker in a picket line.
Vendor Roden Hayag says crime is down but some policies adversely affected his livelihood, such as the ban on smoking in public places.
Video by Alecs Ongcal. – Rappler.com