Saturday, September 1, 2018

“What’s it like to work with the President?” - PCOO official tells all




 PCOO Usec Lorraine Badoy greeting the president  / presidential photo (ctto)


Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy shares another inspiring story of her journey as a government official under the Duterte administration.

Once again, the doctor turned PCOO Usec, narrates how it’s like to work under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Sharing Badoy’s personal Facebook post about the president was like seeing through the president’s heart despite his rants, strong leadership and foul mouth- as his critics would say it.


Below is the complete post from the PCOO Usec:

I’ve been asked, time and again, “What’s it like to work with the President?”

Seems like I could write a whole book about it. I want to. It’s just that I barely have enough time to do anything other than work.

I barely have time to Facebook. (I miss you guys. So much! But after work, all I want to do is SLEEP, ya know??)

So if you don’t mind, that book will have to wait.

Here, in a few paragraphs, is what it’s like to work for a President I believe is turning out to be the best president this country has ever had.

I saw this photo taken by the Presidential Photographers and this comes close to what it feels like.

When he sees me, he smiles a warm, genuine smile and usually says, “Lorraine,how are you? Kumain ka na, ma’am?”

And his energy, his vibe is strong and kind and simple. His concern is real. Have you eaten? He really wants to know. I think sometimes this man must have a personal grudge against hunger because hunger bugs him. Lalo pag mahihirap.

I sense his rage and despair that the poor go hungry. I have seen him react to poverty and the abuse of the poor like a wounded animal. He SNARLS like he can’t wait to pounce on whoever is causing this and stop this injustice at whatever the cost.

That’s what I love about working with this President: I see up close his big, beautiful heart. His love for the poor and the downtrodden is so clear. It is a love I share with him so I am deeply comforted he has this too.

And because I kiss him every time I see him, it’s funny how he has accepted this about me. There’d be a long line of us waiting to greet him and the rest would be shaking his hand and when he sees me, he leans over to be kissed. Tanggap na nya ang role ko sa buhay nya. LOL. Tagahalik at taga sabi, “Thank you sir for all you do for us. We love you.” –because I know I am not there just for me but for you guys as well.

And, I know you want so bad to tell him of your love and support for him. I know this because my inbox is bursting with “Please hug the President for us and tell him we love him and tuloy lang ang laban, andito lang kami.” I take those habilins seriously.

And I think he appreciates it. Buti naman because I say it even if his macho Secretaries/PSG are nearby. Haha…I think they, more than anyone, would understand the importance of your messages of love and support. They go through the fire with him. If that kind of support is not love, I don’t know what is.

Where I am is privileged position and it was something I neither sought nor maneuvered for. It was handed to me by this man who asked that I work for and with him. And I understand that privilege comes with duties and responsibilities.

The one that stands out when I am with the President is that I am bringing you all with me and that I must represent you to him.

As I must represent him to you too and to whoever else he has tasked me to represent him to.

Look at his barong here—hindi yan wind blown. Ang tawag jan, gusot. At tignan nyo yung butones ng barong nya—parang hilong hilo na rin (“Sir, pahinga na tayo!!11 na!” sabi ng butones). At shempre, the signature rolled up sleeves of such a hardworking President. Sec Bong Go said it so well: “Nagpapakamatay ang Pangulo para sa atin.”

This was after a Cabinet meeting and it was late at night—maybe past 11pm. And even after the Cabinet meeting, he had side meetings with whoever was still there--complete with directives. A man who goes over and beyond the call of duty and has a full appreciation of the Office of the Presidency.

So you ask me, “What’s it like to work with the President?”

It is to see his furrowed brow, hear him growl, (and yes, the colorful language), listen to such erudite thoughts because this President is so well-read..it is to be amazed at the genius of his strategies, laugh at his earthy humor (sobra sha nakakatawa), marvel at just how real he is.

And more than anything—more than ANYTHING—it is to see love of country in its fullest manifestation: selfless, devoid of ego, cunning, compassionate, fierce, brave, humble-- where you strive to be the best version of yourself because on your back, the destiny of millions rests. Where you do all you can for country—not caring what it will cost you.

Our President loves us fiercely. This I see so clearly.

Tomorrow I travel with the President to Israel and then to Jordan.

So this is the other part of what it feels like to work for the President: it is to have front seats to history being made. And then to see how well-regarded and respected the Philippines has become in the world stage because we have such a leader.

It is to understand why our President is received by royalty and by world leaders with profound respect and great warmth: our President comes to them as their friend and equal.

He has cast off the chains of the slave past Philippine presidents wore without question and that sent the message that Filipinos were their inferiors and therefore open to abuse and denigration.

No such idiocy with this President. You must be crazy to even think this.

So yeah, this is what it feels like to work for the best President this country has ever had: to brim with hope for your country and to be victorious because we are most likely leaving a country in much better shape than we found it to our children.

Yey! Mabuhay!

Upward and onward, Pilipinas!


Screen-capped image of PCOO Usec Lorraine Badoy's Facebook post


Source: Lorraine Marie Badoy