- President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Adress (SONA) was meaningful and full of humility
- The President, however, did not veer away from his usual persona of a witty and humorous leader who would playfully tease anyone at will
- He also took time to praise the leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III, adding that he would make a good Vice President
- President Digong is expected to step down as president on June 30, 2022 after completing his single-six-year term
The last SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte became more meaningful compared to his other SONAs.
This was after the President admitted that being a leader of a country is not that easy and that the past five years is a humbling experience for him.
For one, he admitted thinking that he could make Philippines like Davao City and just intimidate drúg peddlers in order for them to cease operations.
“When I first said I will fight drúgs in six months, I thought it was like in Davao. You can either coerce, intimidate or bribe them or give them money, I said, ‘Lumabas kayo ng Davao, doon kayo magkalat sa Luzon, ‘wag dito sa Davao,” President Duterte said.
The country’s drúg problem is a perennial topic in the annual SONA of the President ever since he came to power.
One of his campaign promises during the 2016 elections was to eradicate crime and illegal drúg problem in six months.
While it didn’t happen as he envisioned, the President believed he has achieved much in terms of the war against drúgs and criminality on a national scale.
He also praised Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and called him a capable and a good man.
“With due respect to the Sen. Sotto who is also running for the vice presidency, he is a capable man. A good man and a Filipino,” President Duterte said.
He added that the Senate President can become a good Vice President.
The President also stayed true to his persona of being a witty and humorous leader who would rib and tease anyone at will.
While going through the number of rebels who surrendered to the government, the President suddenly stammered.
Realizing that, he quipped that either he was talking rapidly or there’s something wrong with the teleprompter operator.
“It’s either I am talking too fast or too slow, or the operator of this thing here is too drowsy,” the President said.
He then said that it must have also been because of his adlibs.
“Maybe because I have so many ad libs along the way, marami akong akin lang, kaya ‘yong nahinto ako, when I stop and I process something in the gray matter between the ears, hindi humahabol o hindi alam ng operator,” President Duterte explained.
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The President then addressed the autocue cue operator and indicated she shouldn’t worry.
“Hindi bale, Ma’am, mahal pa rin kita,” President Digong said.
President Duterte’s SONA ran for almost three hours.
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