Duterte, Cayetano platform focuses on crime, economy

Pia Ranada
Exempting the poorest from tax, creating a Mindanao railway system, and doubling the salaries of teachers are part of the tandem's platform

2016 TANDEM. Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano answer questions from Cebu media on January 7, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – (2nd UPDATE) Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano first unveiled their platform in Cebu City on Thursday, January 7. 

In Cebu, Cayetano used a Powerpoint presentation to lay out their common platform to media. Duterte, meanwhile, communicated the platform through his speeches in a public assembly and a gathering of Cebu local government officials.

Since then, the two have been adding to their platform through statements made during campaign sorties.

This article is being updated throughout the campaign season to reflect these additions.

What would the Philippines be like if Duterte and Cayetano are elected president and vice president, respectively? Here’s what they said they would do.

Note: Items with an asterisk (*) are plans mentioned only by Cayetano in public statements.

1. On crime, corruption, and drugs 

Campaign promise: Suppress crime, spread of drugs, corruption within 3 to 6 months after election into office.

  • Increase police salaries to P75,000 to P100,000 within 3 years
  • Raise crime and drugs to the level of a national security threat
  • Modernize crime-fighting strategies, like putting CCTVs in major thoroughfares*
  • Bring back the death penalty for drug trafficking, kidnapping, rape, robbery, homicide
  • Pass the Freedom of Information Act
  • Lift Bank Secrecy Law for public officials and pass Anti-Dummy Law*
  • Monitor front-line government offices using real-time video and audio surveillance*
  • Bring back special criminal courts to speed up resolution of serious crime cases *

2. On economic development 

Campaign promise: Spread economic growth throughout the country and decongest Metro Manila.

  • Call a constitutional convention, within first year of term, to study the shift to a federal form of government
  • Limit requirements for business permits to 5 signatures and impose a 30 to 60-day processing time
  • Maintain Conditional Cash Transfer program (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps) but with a livelihood component that will give loans to the poor for small and medium enterprises
  • Establish tourism, agricultural, and industrial hubs in the countryside to create jobs
  • Introduce P1 billion “small capital fund” for every region outside Metro Manila where farmers and other poor workers can borrow from to put up businesses

3. On agriculture and fisheries

  • Provide free irrigation and subsidized fertilizer and seeds for farmers
  • Reduce the cost of food by getting rid of unscrupulous middlemen and loan sharks
  • Build food terminals in the countryside with cold storage facilities
  • Build Mindanao Railway system

4. On OFWs and other workers

Campaign promise: Improve labor conditions for Filipino workers.

5. On Metro Manila transportation

Campaign promise: Improve mobility of people and goods. (READ: Duterte reveals plan to solve Metro Manila transpo woes)

  • Add more carriages to train lines
  • Build fast train linking airports and seaports to Metro Manila
  • Develop Clark Airport and Batangas seaport to ease traffic congestion

6. On education

  • Double salaries of teachers by the end of their term
  • Build adequate classrooms, double classroom shifts 

7. On health

  • Require all hospitals to have a facility for very poor patients with government paying for the health services using PhilHealth reserve funds, sin tax revenues, and Department of Health budget
  • Create specialized hospitals (heart, lung, kidney) in Visayas and Mindanao*

8. On disasters and climate change

  • Create a single, permanent Emergency Response Department in charge of disaster preparedness, relief, and rehabilitation*

Different communication styles

Asked why they did not present the platform together, Cayetano said it boiled down to a difference in “communication styles.”

“I’ve been in Congress for 15 years, he’s been in the streets of Davao for 30 years, so ask me to do a Duterte sa masa (for the masses), that won’t be me. Ask him to do a Powerpoint in a hall, that won’t be him. So it’s just a role-playing. But 100% of the platform came from him and me,” he told Rappler on Friday, January 8.

In an ambush interview, Duterte said he had adopted Cayetano’s platform but that they each have their priority issues. 

“The other issues of governance are his. As for mine, I am sure he will not want to tinker with law and order, criminality, and drugs because that really gets bloody,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.