Highlights of Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address
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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte delivered on Monday an almost expletive-free fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) that lasted for an hour and 33 minutes.
Now halfway through his six-year term, the President laid out the policies he would want to adopt for the remaining three years in office.
Surprisingly, the 74-year-old President did not slam his critics this time, as he usually did in his lengthy and rambling speeches.
Opening his speech at exactly 5:15 p.m., he said: “@xtending my hand in gratitude in all who kept faith with me in our most trying times.”
Here are the highlights of his speech.
Drug war, corruption
The President said his controversial war on drugs and fight against corruption would be relentless “with determination to pursue relentlessly what we have started at the start of my administration.”
He said: “I will end my term fighting.”
And he noted: “The drugs will not be crushed unless we continue to eliminate corruption that allows this social monster to survive.”
The President also ordered the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Social Security System (SSS), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Land Registration Authority (LRA), and Pag-IBIG Fund to simplify their transactions with citizens. Or else, he said: “I will kill you.”
He also assured Congress that there was no corruption in the entry into the country of the third telco player, led by presidential friend and Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy.
Revival of death penalty: He pushed for the reimposition of death penalty on crimes related to drugs and plunder.
Department of Disaster Resilience: He also pushed Congress to fast track the creation of a department that would focus solely on disaster and climate change resilience plans and programs.
Department of Water Resources: He also urged Congress to pass the bill creating the Department of Water Resources and Water Regulatory Commission.
Department of OFWs: He again pushed the creation of an OFW department to address the concerns of Filipino workers abroad.
National Academy for Sports: He also backed the move create a National Academy of Sports for high school students.
Barangay, SK polls postponement: He called on Congress to postpone the May 2020 Barangay elections to October 2022.
Trabaho bill: He also asked Congress to pass the second tranche of his planned tax system overhaul.
The President also proposed a law that would require commercial establishments across the country to close by midnight.
He asked Congress to approve the National Defense Act, Uniformed Separation and Retirement Pension Bill, as well as the revival of the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).
He also asked Congress to pass a new Salary Standardization Law (SSL) to increase the pay of government workers, including public school teachers and public hospital nurses.
Manila Bay polluters
He also warned polluters of Manila Bay to shape up— or “I’m going to dismantle your building or just simply burn it down.”
He said the government would relocate informal settlers as part of its drive to restore Manila Bay.
Medical funds wasted
He said he was grossly disappointed” at the government’s wasted medical funds due to ghost medical claims.
He was referring to the ghost dialysis claims and fictitious patients of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. The agency billions of pesos due to this scam.
Suspend mayors, governors
He also ordered Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to suspend mayors who would not heed the order to reclaim all public roads that had been used for private purposes.
The President said he would be asserting the country’s sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea “in due time.”
He also defended his verbal fishing deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping allowing Chinese fishermen to trawl in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
He noted that the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration said that “the Philippines may enter in a fishing agreement with other states.”
The President praised the Bureau of Customs (BOC) for collecting P585 billion in 2018.
He also hailed Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) for collecting billions of pesos in revenue.
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