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40 Takeaways From President Duterte's First SONA

A roadmap to Digong's administration of change
by Andrei Medina | Jul 25, 2016
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On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first ever State of the Nation Address (SONA) during the opening of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.

The president's message was clear: to unite the whole Filipino nation.

"We cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back," he said. "Finger-pointing is not the way. That is why I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or blaming those who are perceived to be responsible for the mess that we are in and suffering from."

The first Mindanaoan President also made various points during his hour and a half speech, detailing the endeavors his administration will likely pursue during his six-year term.

Below are 40 takeaways from his historic SONA:

1) Equality, not vengeance
"I wish to assure everyone though that vindictiveness is not in my system of justice. Just like you and I, all, equal treatment and equal protection are what I ask for our people."

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2) Separation of church and state
"Let me assure you that while I’m a stickler for the principle of separation between church and state, I believe quite strongly that there should never be a separation between God and state."

3) War against drugs: relentless, sustained
"I reiterate that commitment today and that is why I call on the Philippine National Police (PNP), the barangay chairman, the mayors and governors, and all those occupying seats of power and authority not to lower their guards."

"There will be no letup in this campaign. Double your efforts, triple them if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars. Or below the ground if they so wish."

4) Erring cops not off the hook
"I order the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to hasten the conduct of investigation and adjudication of administrative cases of police officers involved in criminal activity and illegal activities and prescribe policies on lifestyle checks for PNP members."

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5) DILG for LGUs
"The DILG is also directed to strictly monitor how LGUs perform their supervision, functions over the police. And those found non-performing will be sanctioned including the loss of police deputization from the Napolcom."

6) Anti-drug committee
"We will create an interagency committee on illegal drugs that will integrate efforts and strengthen the partnerships of all stakeholders. Their services will be mobilized for information campaign against drug use and dissemination of information regarding drug rehabilitation programs being offered by the government."

"We will also prioritize the rehabilitation of drug users. We will increase the number of residential treatment and rehabilitation facilities in all regions of the country."


7) Improvement of ROTC
"Let us also strengthen our ROTC program to instill love of country and good citizenship."

8) No mercy for criminals
"Human rights must work to uplift human dignity. But human rights cannot be used as a shield or an excuse to destroy the country."

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9) AFP march against the Abu Sayyaf
"The full force of the AFP will be applied to crush these criminals who operate under the guise of religious fervor. The AFP shall enhance its capability to search and engage this rogue and lawless elements."

"We have to strengthen our coordination with Indonesia and Malaysia to suppress the kidnapping in the waters of our neighboring countries."

10) Global warming
"Addressing global warming, shall be our top priority but upon a fair and equitable equation. It must not stifle our industrialization."

11) International ties
"We shall deepen security dialogues with other nations to build greater understanding and cooperation."

12) South China Sea
"With regard to the West Philippine Sea, otherwise known as the China Sea, we strongly affirm and respect the outcome of the case before the permanent court of arbitration as an important contribution to the ongoing efforts to pursue the peaceful resolution and management of our disputes."

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13) Mindanao war
"Enduring peace can only be attained only if we meet these fundamental needs of everyone man, woman and child."

14) Declaring a ceasefire
"To immediately stop violence on the ground, restore peace in the communities, and provide enabling environment conducive to the peace talks, I am now announcing a unilateral ceasefire with the CPP-NPA-NDF effective immediately and call on our Filipinos in the National Democratic Front and its forces to respond accordingly."

15) Lasting peace
"We will strive to have a permanent and lasting peace before my term ends. That is my goal, that is my dream."

16) Lower taxes
"My administration will pursue tax reforms towards a simpler and more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation. We will lower personal and corporate income tax rates and relax the bank secrecy law."

17) Reproductive Health Law
"The implementation of the responsible parenthood and reproductive health law must be put into full force and effect so that couples, especially the poor will have freedom of informed choice on the number and spacing of children they can adequately care and provide for, eventually making them more productive members of the labor force."

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18) Better businesses
"We shall also enhance local business environment by addressing bottlenecks in business registration and processing, streamlining investment applications and process the integration of the services of various government offices."

19) Tourism
"We shall construct more access roads and tourism gateways to service centers and tourists sites."

20) Agriculture
"We shall also conduct a nationwide soil analysis to determine areas most suitable for rice farming to optimize rice production."

21) Infrastructure
"We will accelerate infrastructure spending, improving national roads and bridges and implementing the Mindanao logistics infrastructure network and other road network master plans."

22) Metro Manila flood solution
"We shall be implementing structural mitigation to make sure we address the perennial flooding in Metro Manila. And in neighboring areas we shall put up new pumping stations in strategic places."

23) Drive against road rules violators
"Our anti-colorum campaign and out of line apprehension including the removal of terminals will be intensified. And my God it will be done, immediately to address lack of road infrastructure in Metro Manila, usage of existing roads will be maximized."

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24) Streamline of government-issued documents
"Processing time in issuing permits and licenses will be reduced to the barest minimum. In my city, it is always three days for local governments."

25) Corruption complaint hotline
"Now I will be establishing 888, only dedicated to corruption. Pag may narinig ako sa executive department, even a whisper, hiwalay-hiwalay na tayo."


26) Driver's license validity
"For the driver's licenses, its effectiveness will be extended from the current three-year period to five years."

27) Eliminating train ticketing queues
"To reduce queuing time at ticketing stations, tickets sa mga train will be made readily available and easily accessible to the riding public, kung bilhin mo yan sa mga malls, stalls, and stores."

28) Answer to train woes
"Passenger capacity congestion shall be addressed by increasing the number of running trains from the current 16 trains with a total of 48 cars per hour to 20 trains with a total 60 cars per hour."

"You increase the train speed from 40kph to 60 kph."

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"Specifically for the LRT, the operating hours will be extended from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m."

29) Improving NAIA
"Different approaches are also being considered to the congested NAIA including the possible transfer of general aviation... I'm offering Sangley Point... but if not then it's going to be Clark."

"The Clark Airport can be utilized to ship some operations of our domestic and international airlines."

30) Better service to OFWs
"A one-stop shop will be established in the Civil Aviation complex for the benefit of the Overseas Filipino Workers."

31) On illegal logging and mining
"In the area of environment, the military is directed to intensify a support role against illegal logging, mining, and other destructive practices that aggravate the devastation of natural resources."

32) State media upgrade
"To better manage public information, a law should be passed to create the People's Broadcasting Corporation—replacing PTV4—the government-run TV station which now aims to replicate international government broadcasting networks."

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33) Filipino unity
"Davao City will also be the first site for the first Muslim channel called Al Salaam Television, and the first Lumad channel."

34) Extending passport validity
"On the clamor of our citizens for the timely issuance of Philippine passports, the government shall work towards amendment of the 1996 passport law to lengthen the validity of the passports from the current five years to 10 years."

35) Speeding up the country's lagging Internet
"I have also ordered the newly created DICT (Department of Information and Communications Technology) to develop a national broadband plan to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed."

"Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge at selected public places, including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports, and seaports."

36) Past admin's 4Ps continuance
"The beneficiaries of 4Ps shall be made to become independent and self-reliant after they have graduated from the program but as aid we aim to support them with other forms of assistance so they can stand on their own two feet."

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37) DSWD to provide food for the poor
"I have decided to direct the DSWD to provide the rice subsidies to the poorest of the families, at least para makakain lang, every month."

38) Education
"We are planning to increase spending on basic education and incorporating mandatory education about the evils of drugs."

"We will also intensify and expand an alternative learning system programs."

39) On public health
"The government will also provide universal health insurance for all Filipinos... The professional competence and operational capabilities of government hospitals and health facilities will be strengthened."

40) Women and their rights
"Consistent with our international obligations and keeping with national mandates, this administration vows to protect women's rights and human rights abuses against our women because it is unacceptable [na] magbugbog ka ng babae."


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