DUTERTE President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (right) and Senate president Aquilino Pimentel III behind him*
( PNA photo )

I'll hound you to
the gates of hell
Duterte says on relentless drive vs. drugs
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday called on Congress to pass a bill re-introducing the death penalty, as he vowed to enforce an eye for an eye justice system to combat the drug menace.

Duterte, in his State of the Nation Address, that lasted for two hours and 10 minutes, said, “I therefore ask Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes – especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs”.

He emphasized that capital punishment was about "retribution" as much as deterrence. moremoremore

SONA defines priorities,
‘marred' by ad libs

Negros Island Region leaders yesterday said President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address defined his priorities, especially on the war on drugs, while others said it was marred by unnecessary adlibs with no significant report on the promises he made in his last SONA.

Duterte, veering away from his prepared speech, delivered a two- hour and 10 minutes SONA interspersed with his famous cuss words and dire warnings to those he identified as enemies of the state. moremoremore


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Dumagueteños welcome
Digong's SONA promises

A cross-section of society in Dumaguete City yesterday expressed varied opinions on the second State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, but with high hopes of a “comfortable life” as promised.

Nenita Lorenzo, a peanut vendor, said it is not new to hear of the country's president making such promises, like his predecessors did, but she believes this time there will be concrete results especially benefitting the poor and the marginalized.

Lorenzo said more access to health and education services are necessary for someone like her, whose family lives day-in and day-out on the measly income she and her husband, Pedro, a “habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire)” driver earn..