Last Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his 4th State of the Nation Address at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City.
Unlike his previous SONA, his speech was delayed for about an hour and lasted for more than an hour and a half. Surprisingly, his speech was curse-free and had only a few adlibs.
If you haven’t watched his full speech, here are some of the highlights of President Duterte’s 4th SONA.
Reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to illegal drugs and plunder
- Let the reason why I advocate the imposition of the death penalty for crimes related to illegal drugs.
- I respectfully request Congress to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs, as well as plunder.
Postpone barangay, SK elections to October 2022
- Congress has to postpone the May 2020 elections and ‘yung Barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan to October 2022. Because if you read it, this… To rectify the truncated terms. Paiba-iba na eh. The truncated terms of sitting barangays but also provide them with ample time to finish their programs and projects. I suggest Congress should also enact the Magna Carta for Barangays.
Establish a Department of Overseas Filipinos
- The milestone signing of the Bilateral Labor Agreement with Kuwait in 2018 is a testament of my commitment to stop abuses inflicted on our overseas Filipinos.
- To ensure their welfare, protection and their access to government services, the establishment of the Department of Overseas Filipinos will sufficiently address this particular need.
Mandatory ROTC for Grades 11 and 12
- We expect support for legislative initiatives aimed at strengthening defense-related systems such as the proposed National Defense Act, the Unified Military and Uniformed Personnel Separation, Retirement, and Pension Bill, and the revival of the mandatory ROTC in Grades 11 and 12.
- Our ultimate goal is for our people to be freed from using these hotlines because government service and response have markedly improved.
- At kung totoo, Malacañan, I said, is open 24 hours — 24 hours basta corruption.
Boracay and Manila Bay Rehabilitation
- So I told the Agrarian Reform, “Go to the place, have it inspected because I will declare the whole of the island a land reform program.” And I gave the islands piece by piece to the Atis, the natives of the place para walang masabi. Marami kasi ginawa ko raw para linisan ko, ibigay ko sa mga kaibigan ko.
- On January 27, 2019, we officially started the Manila Bay rehabilitation. Though we have a long way to go, we are encouraged by the test results of the waters near Padre Faura.
- We will relocate informal settlers — I hope it can happen during my time — along the waterways and shut down establishments that continue to pollute and poison our waters.
- The recent uncovering of the massive fraud perpetrated against the public health insurance system proves that corruption is pervasive. Huge amounts of medical funds were released to cover padded medical claims and imaginary treatment of ghost patients. I am grossly disappointed.
- I appointed a new PhilHealth President, whom I know is a man of integrity, a military man, a former military officer, and gave him marching orders to prioritize ridding the agency of corruption.
The West Philippine Sea
- The avoidance of conflict — armed conflict and protection of our territorial waters and natural resources compel us to perform a delicate balancing act. A shooting war is grief and misery multiplier. War leaves widows and orphans in its wake.
- Short of expressly advocating a call to arms, there are those who say that we should stand up and stop those who fish in our economic zone. Of course, we will do in due time
- You know, I cannot go there even to bring the Coast Guard to drive them away. China also claims the property and he is in possession. ‘Yan ang problema. Sila ‘yung in the possession and claiming all the resources there as an owner.
- We do it in a confrontation doon. We try to drive them away, it could lead to violence. Any way ‘yan, by the way, the President answered when I said “I will dig my oil” the first time I went to China. Nakita ko ‘yung tao eh. So you can, more or less, draw a profile of his, “Please do not do that because there will be trouble.” Ano… Anong magagawa ko?
Lastly, President Rodrigo Duterte has revealed that he has identified who the real enemies are…
“Honestly, I have identified the enemy who dumped us into this quagmire we are in. I have met the enemy face-to-face and sadly, the enemy is “us.” We are our own tormentors — addressing the Filipino people — we are our own demons; we are as rapacious predators preying on the helpless, the weak and the voiceless.”