MERGE “Believe me, I will end my term fighting,” President Rodrigo Duterte said while delivering his fourth State of the Nation Address, with Senate President Vicente Sotto III (left) and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano behind him*


Restore death penalty,
Duterte asks lawmakers
We’re retrogressing, bishop says
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

President Rodrigo Duterte, who vowed to keep up his relentless war against drugs until the end of his term, yesterday urged lawmakers to restore the death penalty.

“I respectfully request Congress to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs, as well as plunder,” the president said in his 4th State of the Nation Address, that lasted an hour and 33 minutes.

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon said it is very unfortunate and sad that the president is calling for the restoration of the death penalty. moremoremore


Paduano won’t support it
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN / CARLA P. GOMEZ

Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod Partylist) yesterday said he will remain consistent in his stand during the 17th Congress against the reimposition of the death penalty.

“This is not about politics, for me this is about my personal religious beliefs,” he said, in reaction to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte in his State of the Nation Address for the restoration of the death penalty.

“Death penalty restoration depends on the actual wording of the law, which I haven’t had the chance to read, so no comment until I do,” Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said. moremoremore

 

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ON 4TH SONA
Labor official gives
Duterte failing grade
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

A labor group official in Negros Occidental rated the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte in the last three years a failure.

Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Association, said yesterday that he gave a failing grade to the country’s top chief executive because his State of the Nation Address is just a “rehash” of his accomplishments last time.

He also assailed Duterte on his stand on the West Philippine Sea as it is “more confusing, rather than enlightening.” He added, “We’re screaming it belongs to us, but our President declines to address the issue.”