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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation (SONA) on

What was expected to be a 38-minute speech extended to about an hour and a half due to ad-libs.
Here are the issues tackled and promises made by Duterte in his SONA.

Abu Sayyaf

Since our country continues to be confronted with internal security threats aggravated by the
existence and activities of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, the full force of the AFP will be applied to crush
these criminals who operate under the guise of religious fervor.

AFP modernization

The AFP shall enhance its capability to search and engage this rogue and lawless elements (Abu

Agriculture and fisheries

Road development projects shall complement with our thrust to provide modern agriculture,
infrastructural by expanding and improving the construction and rehabilitation of roads and the irrigation
and establishing modern harvest and post-harvest facilities to minimize losses.

We shall also conduct a nationwide soil analysis to determine areas most suitable for rice farming
to optimize production with the use of effective soil rehabilitation and fertilization.

We shall strictly enforce fisheries laws, particularly on illegal fishing and promote aquaculture
along river banks and in backyards.

Blame game

I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or blaming those who are perceived
to be responsible for the mess that we are in and suffering from except maybe extract a lesson or two
from its errors. We will not tarry because it is the present that we are concerned with and the future that
we are concerned for.

Let me say clearly that those who betray the people’s trust shall not go unpunished and they will
have their day in court.

When I decided to seek the presidency of this republic, I knew what the ills of our country were. I
knew their causes and I was briefed on those who cause the causes.

its effectiveness will be extended from the current 3-year period to 5 years. Those found [not] performing will be sanctioned including the loss of deputation from the Napolcom. Erring officials  To our police officers and other officials: Do your job and you will have the unwavering support of the Office of the President… Abuse your authority and there will be a hell to pay for you would have become worse than criminality itself. We need the power and.  For the driver’s licenses. Climate change  Addressing global warming shall be our top priority but upon a fair and equitable equation. or through motor vehicle dealers shall be considered. Let us be very clear on this: We need to industrialize. Vindictiveness is not in my system. Bayad na yon. disaster response. if you put so much restrictions doon sa [Paris] treaty na yan.  So. sa awa ng Diyos. Huwag na sa LTO kasi hanggang ngayon. the emissions would also be considered. therefore. It must not stymie our industrialization. . The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is also directed to strictly monitor how local government units perform their supervision functions over the police. hanggang ngayon wala pa. Until now. maritime security and counterterrorism. panahon pa ni Hesukristo yung first plate nila. Driver’s licenses  While the issuance and distribution of motor vehicle plates at point of sale.   Prescribe policies for lifestyle checks for PNP members. the treaty which we are trying to — it's still here in the Senate.  I order the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to hasten the conduct of investigation and adjudication of administrative cases against police officers involved in criminal activity and illegal activities. RELATED: Duterte: Climate change efforts should not stunt industrialization Disaster response  We will continue to expand operation on human assistance.

schools. especially the poor.  I was determined then as I am no determined and better positioned to wage war against those who make a mockery of our laws including those who make our lives miserable. airports and seaports. the marginalized and the vulnerable. public libraries. It was and still is very sad indeed. civil society grassroots and faith-based organizations. that equity and fairness and speedy disposition of cases have deteriorated into hollow concepts fit only for masteral dissertations.Faster internet and connectivity  I have also ordered the newly created DICT (Information and Communication Technology) to develop a national broadband plan and to accelerate the deployment of fiber optics cables and wireless technologies to improve Internet speed. including parks.  Just like you and I. buses. fulfill the human rights of our citizens. Justice system  I heard the people on the streets complain that justice had become illusory.  The number of lawyers and support staff in the PAO — that is the Public Assistance Office — regional and districts shall be increased to provide indigents with more access to counsels. . equal treatment and equal protection are what I ask for our people. government hospitals.  Wifi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places. RELATED: Duterte ready to step down once shift to federalism complete Freedom of Information  The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) shall coordinate with the Office of the Executive Secretary and the Presidential Legal Counsel in implementing the recently approved EO on the Freedom of Information. I’ve also directed the DILG to undertake nationwide information and campaign on federalism and partnership with various alliances and with NGOs.  Social justice will be pursued even as the rule of law shall at all times prevail. Federalism  At this stage. Human rights  My administration shall be sensitive to the State’s obligation to promote and protect. train stations.

 We shall continue attract investments that will generate thousands of jobs each year – jobs that are suitable for the poor and less skilled members of the workforce. But human rights cannot be used as an excuse to destroy your country and my country.  When employment is not an option. International relations  We shall strengthen our coordination with Indonesia and Malaysia to suppress the kidnapping in the waters of our neighboring countries. Human rights must work to uplift human dignity. agriculture and tourism shall be pursued. the restrictions on the economy will be needed to make more investments to come and to develop labor-intensive industries such as manufacturing.  We shall pursue inter-island linkage projects.  Reforms to ensure competitiveness and promote ease of doing business will be mandatory. is drafting the Administrative Order on the Task Force on media killings. in coordination with the Office of the Executive Secretary.  We shall deepen security dialogues with all the nations to build greater understanding and cooperation.  The PCO. We shall put up new pumping stations in strategic places. maintain and sustain bilateral and multilateral consultations and dialogues. Jobs  At the household level.  Reacting to these needs.  We shall be implementing structural mitigation measures to address of the perennial flooding in Metro Manila and neighboring areas. entrepreneurship will be advocated. . Infrastructure  We will accelerate infrastructure spending by improving national roads and bridges and implementing the Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network and other road network master plans. for instance in extremely rural neighborhoods.  We also endeavor to develop corporate partnership with nations sharing common interests and concerns with the Philippines. there must be sufficient income for all Filipinos to meet the basic food and non-food needs for their families.

and even do better. illegal mining. the legal tool to improve yourself financially.  We will achieve this through prudent fiscal and monetary policies that can help translate high growth into more and better job creation and poverty reduction. there’s a law allowing mining.  To eradicate the prevalent cultures of fear and silence that have hounded our justice system. Macroeconomic policy  [M]y administration will continue and maintain current macroeconomic policies. I have this to say: The government has issued you the Ancestral Certificates Domain Title covering vast tracts of land especially in the island of Mindanao. I hope — I hope and pray — to hand over an economy that is much stronger. low and stable inflation.  The interest of the country must come first. and other destructive practices that aggravate the devastation of our natural resources. Follow it to a tee. . You have the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act. RELATED: Duterte eyes whistleblower act Lumads  To our [Lumad] brothers. terrorism financing and cybercrime. dollar reserves. [Environment Secretary] Gina Lopez and I are just telling you: Follow government standards. the military is directed to intensify its support role against illegal logging. Government Financing Institutions (GFIs) shall come up with out-of-the-box financing packages to capacitate our small and medium entrepreneurs. By the end of my term. Make use of your ancestral domain. But hindi ko naman sinasabi. Legislation  We will strengthen our counterterrorism program by amending various laws on terrorism.. Do not destroy the environment. economically and socially.  Government has given you the tool. characterized by solid growth. Mining and illegal logging  In the area of environment. and robust fiscal position. I asked Congress — you — to enact the Whistleblower Protection Law while the present Witness Protection Program shall be strengthened. and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to protect you and to assist you. Do not let it remain idle..

The convention of the 17th Congress was followed by the2016 Senate election. from the first to third year of the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. and the 2016 House of Representatives elections which elected the entire membership of the House of Representatives. The 17th Congress was officially opened by President Duterte together with the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives meets in Batasang Pambansa Complex and the Senate will meet in the GSIS Building from July 25. which will replace half of the Senate membership. 2016 to a certain date in 2019. .The Seventeenth Congress of the Philippines (Filipino: Ikalabimpitong Kongreso ng Pilipinas) is the current meeting of the national legislature of theRepublic of the Philippines. composed of the Senate and House of Representatives. this will be the end of tenure for senators elected in 2013.