During his campaign, Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte used the slogan “Change is Coming”, among others. While this inspired many of his followers to start change within themselves, such was also used by his detractors to laugh at the incredible feats that his supporters are touting – for these detractors believe that such things are just too amazing to become real.
But even before Duterte began his term, numerous crackdowns have been done against drug personalities – and a lot of drug users and pushers have surrendered across the country, hoping for mercy and expressing their willingness to change their ways.
Then, just 2 days after the president’s inauguration, photos of a clean Divisoria (a shopping mecca in Recto, Manila) made shockwaves across local social media because no one could believe that it was possible to clean up the place. It turns out the vendors took it upon themselves to clean the place, in support of Duterte’s plans.
With Divisoria getting all cleaned up, netizens began to wonder whether the other shopping mecca, Baclaran, would also follow suit. Well, they did not have to wonder too much because another set of photos has gone viral. This time, these photos were taken at the Baclaran shopping mecca in Parañaque, Metro Manila – and it is as clean as one could possibly hope for!
While it may not be spotless clean, the streets do look like they’ve been swept and that trash were thrown in the proper receptacles. The overcrowded, narrowed down streets have become wider and easier to navigate because the vendors are now following the rules and not occupying areas they aren’t supposed to hog.
A lot of pessimists are saying these shopping destinations will only be clean for a few days yet we are all hoping that the change these vendors have shown, inspired by President Duterte, will last not just until the end of his term but for all time…