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Proud to be Mindanaoan

History was made when President Rodrigo R. Duterte was sworn into office as President of the Republic of the Philippines on June 30, 2016. For the first time ever, a son of Mindanao is now the President of our beloved Philippines. This blog will follow President Duterte as he performs the duties of the office of the Chief Executive over the next 6 years. Many others will be watching the President: so-called experts and self-appointed critics, bearing fancy titles and touting impressive credentials, supposedly educated from the best universities here and abroad. Most probably just lie in wait for the President to make a mistake – any mistake – so they can write about how and why he does not have what it takes to be President. They will be entertaining…amusing. But those who cannot do, write. And they will pounce on the President like hyenas on the carcass of a dead cow. I do not claim any area of expertise. I’m just a lawyer who happens to be also from Mindanao. All I have is the legal training and education I received from a provincial school in this fair island of the Southern Philippines. But it was all I needed to pass the bar in the United States -where I now practice law. So I am from Mindanao myself, and will watch the President with pride. I will write about him from the point of view of an ordinary man on the street who wishes the best for a fellow probinsyano who not only made good, but is now President of the Philippines. Hence, this blog’s title: “Ang Mindanaoan”. My first post is a reprint of an article I wrote in my column for an online newspaper (The Mindanao Current).