Editorial | PRRD’s third Sona

TODAY, President Rodrigo Duterte will address the country once again for the third time since the former Davao City Mayor became the 16th president of the country.

Palace spokesperson Harry Roque said that the third state of the nation address (Sona) will be a departure from the Chief Executive’s previous two speeches. Instead of touting the previous achievements, Presidential Duterte will lay down his plans and strategies for the next 12 months or even the rest of his term.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office actually held a series of forums to showcase the achievements of the administration since President Duterte assumed office.

The prepared speech will supposedly last for 35 minutes, and although President Duterte promised to stick to the script we can’t fault him for going off-course. Today, the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is expected to be ratified by Congress. If it happens, you can be certain that President Duterte has something to say about that. If he rejects the final draft, he has something to say about that, too.

President Duterte will address the nation coming off a decline in popularity, based on the Social Weather Stations survey. While he repeatedly insists that he doesn’t really care about his popularity rating, if done right surveys mirror public sentiment. So it’s interesting how the President will respond this time.

As the nation will be glued to the screen to listen to President Duterte, we do hope that he will cut on the rhetoric, profanities, and the occasional drivel.

There are so many issues he needs to touch on: the change in constitution, federalism, rising fuel prices, inflation rate, the drug war, terrorism, the next phase of his Build, Build, Build program, and the South China Sea controversy.

In the darkest of night, the people need somebody to hold up the light. We don’t discount his achievements going into his third Sona, but still the question remains—where do we go from here?

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