Tuesday, July 25, 2017

President Duterte's second SONA focused on drugs and terrorism

The 24th of July, 2017. It was the most crucial date for Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as he took part in his second State of the Nation Address where he will address some of his accomplishments, his goals, and what's next for the President.

Much to the dismay of those who despise him, especially those working from the sides of human rights, the firebrand Philippine leader focuses more on his ongoing war against drugs and the war on terror that prompted him to declare Martial Law in the Mindanao area due to the Marawi siege against the Islamic State-backed Maute group.

In his ongoing war on drugs that killed over seven thousand suspects, putting him on heat by international groups, President Duterte vowed that he will send drug pushers "to hell." In his speech. Duterte valued the life of the Filipino people but he told his critics to assist the public in avoiding drugs rather than criticizing the government’s campaign and the only way to solve the drug war is through public fear.

He vowed that even though his war on drugs was trivialized by human rights concerns, it will not be weaken and keep on going until those involved in illegal drugs will stop. 

Onto the subject of terrorism, President Duterte denounced terrorism as a "revolution" rather than a tribe as he spoke about the ongoing war against the Maute group, sponsored by the Islamic State terrorists, in Marawi.

The President promised that he will add 30,000 to 40,000 new soldiers to replace and strengthen the current military force as he asserted when his term ends, he will leave the Philippines with a very strong military.

Regarding peace talks, President Duterte flexes his muscles on his opposition against peace talks between the New People's Army and the government due to the NPA's outrageous demands and reminded Jose Ma. Sison to not "abuse" the charity of the Netherlands.

Duterte asserted that his take on Martial Law will not repeat the one that the late Ferdinand Marcos implemented 45 years ago and he clarified that the siege in Marawi is not due to poverty or corruption but an invasion driven by extremist beliefs from foreign countries.

Apart from the war on drugs and terrorism his SONA focuses on, The President also talked about the mining issue, the China-PH relations, his involvement in Mindanao, the tax reform, the infrastructure, the economy, and so on.


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