TIMESMAN| He really is Rodrigo Duterte

These were some of the the highlights of President Duterte’s first state of the nation address (Sona):

– Unilateral ceasefire with CPP/NDF/NPA

– Application of full force of AFP on Abu Sayyaf criminals

– Respect for the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling

– Restoration of constitutional restrictions on economy

– DILG nationwide information campaign on federalism

– Lowering of personal and corporate income tax rules

– Emergency powers to address traffic problem

– Review of permits to mining, logging, and if warranted, their amendment, suspension or revocation

– Full implementation of Responsible Parenthood and Reporductive Health Law

– Development of a National Broadband plan; provision of free Wi-Fi in public areas, as reported (Inquirer, July 26 issue).

But I would admit that what I enjoyed most in that almost two-hour scripted speech of the President was when he said seriously:

“We will not stop until the last druglord, the last financier, the last supplier and the last pusher have surrendered or are put either behind bars or below ground. If you do not want to die or hurt, don’t go to the priests or the humans rights (people). They cannot stop your death.”

And when the President joked to a lady aide who handed him a glass of water, “She is my kumadre,” and when he said many times at the teleprompter, “Wag na yan! (Let’s skip that),” at the applause of many in the audience, I said to myself, he really is our Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte of Davao City.

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Former President Aquino, former Interior Sec. Mar Roxas, Sens. Antonio Trillanes, Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Alan Peter Cayetano were not present at the first Sona of President Duterte last Monday. No explanation was given and we can only surmise.

On Cayetano who ran as teammate of Duterte, he should be ashamed of himself.

Mabuti pa ang mga pari na kritiko rin ni presidente, marami ang dumating.

Sayang, these alleged “honorable” may still win the respect of their constituents if they only showed.

Next time, I will not give my vote to them. Sayang lang. Hindi pala sila marunong tumanggap ng pagkatalo. Tama lang si Presidente na huwag na silang tawagin honorable.

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The ‘Thou shall not kill’ drive launched by the Church aimed to bring together the families of the victims of extrajudicial killings was never felt on the day of the President’s Sona as none of the victims’ relatives showed up, although some supporters of the campaign came in black in a 14-minute homily of a Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Ermita, according to a ranking official of the Catholic Church.

I think the Catholic Church and the critics of this new administration should not engage in fighting with the President. Not yet. With the 91% popularity rating surveyed by the Asia Pulse in only a month Mr. Duterte has been in Malacanang, they must give him a chance to prove himself.

Like Sen. Leila de Lima who has yet to occupy her seat in the senate, has been calling for an investigation on the reported extrajudicial killings, dahan, dahan lang.

Maybe we have to remind our lady senator that during her time as chairman of the Human Rights Commission (CHR) when she investigated our mayor on his involvement in the vigilante group, nothing happened. Tahimik na lang, senadora, kinamayan ka naman ni presidente sa Sona, hindi ba?

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