The Communist Party, death penalty, and cab drivers are on Duterte's mind

Among his plans: a few Cabinet changes and exact change for taxi riders.

Duterte press conference


( Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte gave a press conference on May 16 in Davao City where he gave several pronouncements that will surely prove to be controversial, if not interesting at the very least:


Key government posts for the Communist Party of the Philippines

Duterte offered four departments to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) should it decide to join his government.


“What I will offer the [CPP] if they decide to join the government are DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform), DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources), DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment)...DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development),” he said.


(Exact) change is coming

Taxi drivers should be prepared for change once Duterte's government is in power. Change for cab fare, that is.


Otherwise, those who fail to give exact change may be charged with estafa. "All you taxi drivers should always have loose change," Duterte said in Filipino.


He also noted that taxi companies should give their drivers enough change before they start picking up commuters.


Return of the death penalty?

The tough-talking mayor also said he will push for the return of the death penalty to punish those guilty of heinous crimes.


“I would lead Congress to restore death penalty,” he said


“Heinous crimes committed with unlicensed firearms must be (penalized with) death. Rape plus death of victim must be death penalty. Kidnapping with ransom, then you killed (the victim), must be death penalty," Duterte also said.



Mayor at heart

Duterte said he still wants to be called "mayor" instead of "president," saying the latter term makes him feel awkward.


"Hindi naman ako nagpa-corny pero I feel very awkward hearing the word 'President.' In the first place, it is not yet time and I have to get used [to] being the top honcho of the Philippines," said Duterte, who has served as Davao City mayor for 20 years.


Photo from ABS-CBN News

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