Duterte: Fight will continue against drugs, crime, corruption
In his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to continue his promise to eradicate illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption in government.
Duterte, who veered away from his prepared speech, also took his two-hour speech to push for his legislative agenda.
The President also did not minced words and slammed his critics before lawmakers, diplomats and government officials.
Highlights of his speech are:
- the fight against illegal drugs will continue
- tells critics to look beyond their biases and political agenda
- pursuit of peace will continue until last day of his administration
- urges Congress to create an agency for disaster response
- expresses support for the police and the armed forces
- fight against destructive mining will ne non-negotiable
- martial meant to quell rebellion and not to extend him in power
- tells United Stated to return the Balangiga bells
- slams United Nations for criticizing his drug war
- calls reimposition of death penalty
- says he is no longer interested with peace talks with communist rebels
- tells Supreme Court to reconsider temporary restraining order on reproductive health implants
- raises overseas Filipino workers budget to P1 billion
- warns corrupt government officials
- accepts P25 billion offer of Mighty Corp. to settle tax liabilities
- urges Senate to pass the Tax Reform Law
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