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JULY 23, 2016

NR # 4270C

Solons look forward to President Dutertes 1st SONA

Lawmakers are anticipating a brief but straightforward State of the Nation Address
(SONA) from President Rodrigo Duterte when he addresses Congress for the first time
on Monday, July 25.
From how I personally know President Duterte, a no-nonsense, no-frills, action man, I
expect that his SONA would be concise and straight to the point. It will cut to the matter of most
pressing concerns facing our nation such as questions on Federalism and the issue of the West
Philippine Sea in relation to China, Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco (Lone district, Marinduque)
Velasco said he also expects the President to highlight his action programs particularly his
campaigns against illegal drugs, crime and corruption.
I am confident that with President Dutertes State of the Nation Address, people will get a
better understanding and give full support to the new administration, Velasco said.
Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles (1st District, Davao City) said everyone is anticipating
whether President Duterte will name the government officials who are drug lords or protectors of
drug syndicates as contained in the matrix that he holds.
Nograles believed the President will spell out the state of the drug menace and the state
of criminality and corruption in the country.
In this first year of his administration, President Duterte believes that he has to first
weed out the criminals and clear out the drug dealers because that has been his promise to the
electorate. So far, as indicated by the Social Weather System (SWS) Survey and Pulse Asia
survey, the public is very, very satisfied with the immediate results of President Dutertes all
out war against drugs and crime, Nograles said.
Once we get rid of drugs and crime, more economic growth will follow instantaneously
and people will feel it. Once the President gets rid of corruption, the more people will feel
government is working for them more efficiently and effectively, Nograles added.
Peoples expectations are high. They want real change and meaningful change for that
matter. They hope to see a disciplined citizenry. They expect the President to make good of his
election promises and also they want to help in achieving those promises, Rep. Rodolfo Albano
III (1st District, Isabela) said.
I would like to hear what the President has to say about programs and projects that will
spur economic development in the country sides. We need jobs for our people in the provinces.
This is the best way of keeping them here and providing them a better life,
Rep. Rene Relampagos (1st District, Bohol) said. (30) jc