President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2017 State of the Nation Address

In Manila, Philippines, President Duterte delivered his second SONA on Monday, July 24. He single out key personalities namely Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, who is in the audience, as well as communist leader Jose Maria Sison, who is in the Netherland.

The president addressed issues such as war on drugs, death penalty, mining, Joma Sison, reproductive health law, Kto 12, Balanga bells, and tax reform.

Also, President Rodrigo Duterte warned that the nation faced uncertain times and said he would act like a bully in dealing with fools fighting his administration. The State of the Nation Address took two hours where the President also slammed critics of his law and order policies and vowed to carry on relentlessly his war on drugs, communist guerillas and Islamic State-inspired terrorists. He said in his nationally televised speech, “We live in troubled and uncertain times. And I fear that things might get worse before they become better.” Despite this statement, he promise that the nation will cope, reading from a prepared 14-page speech and digressing extemporaneously at times to lash out, using his favorite cuss words, at the United States, United Nations and human rights groups, mining companies, judiciary and media. The president said, “I have resolved that no matter how long it takes, the fight against illegal drugs will continue,” urging Congress to pass immediately the bill that would restore the death penalty for heinous crimes involving drugs.

“Despite international and local pressures, the fight will not stop until those who deal in it understand that they have to stop because the alternatives are either jail or hell,” he added. President Rodrigo also vowed to pursue up to the end of his term even as he lamented the turmoil in Marawi City on which Islamic State-allied terrorists seized, forcing him to declare martial law in Mindanao.

The President vowed to pursue peace up to the end of his term even as he lamented the turmoil in Marawi City, which Islamic State-allied

“They said I’m a bully. You’re all fools. I am really a bully, son of a bitch. I am really a bully, especially to the enemies of the state,” he said. In addition, he also said that the lefties protesters better go home. Jose Maria Sison, the Communist Party of the Philippines founder is an old man with colon cancer, though Sison denies it in an online chat from The Netherlands.

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