- President Rodrigo Duterte faced the public once again in his 5th State of the Nation Address
- The President pushed through with his SONA even if only limited lawmakers and Cabinet members were allowed in the venue
- He was able to discuss the achievements of the country in the past year, including the hosting of 2019 SEA Games
- President Duterte also bared the plans of the government against the COVID-19
President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasan Pambansa on Monday, July 27.
KAMI learned that the President pushed through with his SONA even though limited lawmakers and government officials were allowed to enter the venue.
In the live video of the SONA, President Duterte focused on the government’s achievements and plans to fight against the COVID-19.
During the first few minutes of his speech, President Duterte took a swipe against Senator Franklin Drilon whom he accused of defending the Lopezes that the President referred to as oligarchs.
“There are those who take advantage of a preoccupied government. One of them is Senator Frank Drilon,” he said.
“He was defending the Lopezes, that they are not oligarchs. I am a casualty of the Lopezes during the 2016 elections,” he added.
The President also mentioned that he welcomed the passage of the law that canceled the barangay and Sanggunian ng Kabataan elections to use the funds for COVID-19 response.
He also complimented the Philippines for hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. The President also praised Sen. Bong Go for his efforts and leading the Balik Probinsya Program.
According to the President, about 4.3 million families were able to benefit from the Pantawid Pamilya program.
Aside from that, the President also thanked the Congress for the swift passage of Bayanihan To Heal As One Act as he addressed the COVID-19 problems in the country.
Here are some of the other highlights of the 5th SONA:
President Duterte makes a plea to Chinese President Xi Jinping over COVID-19 vaccine
“I made a plea to President Xi Jinping that if they have the vaccine, can they allow us to be one of the first or if it’s needed, if you have to buy it, that we will be granted credit so that we can normalize as fast as possible,” the President said.
President Duterte on West Philippine Sea dispute against China
“China is claiming it. We are claiming it. China has the arms. We do not have it. So, it’s simple as that,” he said.
“So what can we do? We have to go to war. I cannot afford it. Maybe some other President can, but I cannot. Inutil ako diyan, sabihin ko sa inyo,” he added.
President Duterte threatened telecommunication companies for slow service
“I will be the one to articulate the anger of the Filipino people and you might not want what I intent to do with you,” he said.
“Kindly improve the services before December. I want to call Jesus Christ to Bethlehem. Better have that line cleared,” he added.
President Duterte on helping OFWs amid COVID-19 crisis
“Sa mga Kababayan ko na naghirap sa ibang bansa, andito na ang inyong gobyerno para tulungan kayo at inyong pamila,” he shared.
Government’s plan on COVID-19 testing
“We are aiming to conduct 1.4 million tests by end of July and ensure quick turnaround time of 24 hours to 72 hours,” the President said.
Bringing back the death penalty
“I reiterate the swift passage of a law reviving the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes under the Comprehensive Dangerous Act of 2002,” Duterte said.
President’s call to support local sellers
“Ito ang panahon para suportahan natin ang mga kababayan na nag-nenegosyo, gumagawa ng produkto ng sariling atin,” he said.
President Duterte expressed gratitude to frontliners
“Let us express our nation’s gratitude to those who courageously and willingly put their lives on the line to serve the people and country,” the President said.
No face-to-face classes until COVID-19 vaccine is available
“Life that is lost is lost forever. Education that is delayed can be recovered,” President Duterte said.
On July 27, President Duterte had to deliver his 5th SONA to a limited crowd because of the COVID-19 threat.
Earlier, Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri said that he tested positive for COVID-19 once again just before the SONA.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo admitted that she was not invited to physically attend the SONA at the Batasan Pambansa.
KAMI recently reported that a video showing cops seizing protest materials inside the Quiapo church while the mass was ongoing went viral on social media.
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