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Jul 24, 2017
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We seriously feel for the person who drafted President Rodrigo Duterte's #SONA2017 speech. 

As expected, Digong went off script and integrated a few of his "trademark words" into his state address. Of course, the internet reacted to his colorful delivery in epic fashion...

But if you remove the unnecessary ramblings, the president's SONA was actually decent—never mind the length (from 40 minutes to two freakin' hours).

Also to show some appreciation to his speechwriter, here are the most essential statements in Duterte's sermon.


1) Opening remarks

"Change has to be meaningful, should start with those occupying the highest position of government."

2) On the war on drugs

"I will not allow the destruction of youth. I value human life the way I value mine.... You harm the children, and I will hound you to the very gates of hell."

3) On extending Martial Law

"Martial Law will prevent the rebels to spread the gospels of hate."

4) On the environmental policy

"When nature fights back, it does so with a vengeance."

5) On death penalty

"Capital punishment is not only about deterrence, but it is also about retribution... In the Philippines, it is only 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.'"

6) On the West Philippine Sea stand-off

"We have cultivated foreign relations with China, leading to easing of tensions between the two."

7) On the RH Bill

"I am not for abortion, I am not for birth control. I am for giving choices to Filipino families."

8) On local infrastructure

"We're going to build, build, build."

9) On alleviating poverty

"The poor and the vulnerable are in the heart of our tax reform."

10) Closing remarks

"Help me build a better tomorrow."

 

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