As the President of the Philippines…
1)I will do a relentless propaganda campaign (TV ads, websites, newspaper ads, billboards, a van piping out propaganda, etc…) to instill nationalism and racial pride. Basically, to remove the negativity in the spirit of the people. Make the entire country feel good about themselves. Make the entire country feel superior to everyone in Asia and the world.
There is this bad habit in Filipino culture about thinking that Filipino made (everything from food to music to movies!!!) is inferior to the “imported”. Japan has progressed into the 2nd biggest economy even after getting hit by 2 nukes… South Korea has progressed even after going through 2 big wars… as well as Vietnam… And North Korea and Iran… even under alot of sanctions have managed to pull through hardships. why? Because of the NATIONAL PRIDE these people have. And what about the Philippines?!? After WW2, we had all the American aid… but why arent we as progressive as Japan or South Korea?!? Like wtf?!?
2) Negative news stories will be censored… or at least kept to a MINIMUM. News stations that regularly broadcast negative things will be warned… then fined… then stripped of license.
3) All who criticize my government… WONT be killed… but rather… be given a fate worse than death. Political manipulations in such a way to remove them from office… and/or a propaganda assault designed to make them look like traitors and humiliate them. The same propaganda assault will be directed to the Abu Sayaff (thugs who claim they're “muslim”), NPA (commie rebels), and MILF (muslim rebels).
4) Increase in taxes… higher income will have a bigger tax percentage (copying the system of Canada here). Roads, bridges, housing, job training programs, public transportation, health care, etc… will be subsidized by the tax increase. To convince the people to accept the tax increase at first, I will pay money out of my own pocket to fund infrastructure projects. Propaganda video will show me participating in construction, farm work, etc… RAW UNEDITED FOOTAGE in some cases. Not just standing there waving and smiling.
5) Increased military funding. Soldiers will get better equipment and salaries. Less reliance on US military equipment. I will turn to Russia and China for supplies cuz they're cheaper (or unless the USA will give me a better deal). Also more funding on military research. First the conventional weapons (tanks, guns, planes, etc…) Then missile programs (including nuke, chem, and bio weapons) will follow. A country with a weak military is more likely to be invaded (look at Iraq). The WMD are just for emergency purposes and to deter potential invaders.
6) Increased diplomacy.
***So basically, when the whole country is improving economically, the NPA, Abu Sayaff, and MILF will just die natural deaths. Lesser pool of potential recruits… which mostly consist of the poor and unemployed.
No more rebels… means more foreign investment. More foreign investment means more jobs, and more economic growth. More economic growth means better standards of living.
***lol looks good on paper. lol!