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Initial Reactions to President Rodrigo Duterte's First State of the Nation Address

President Duterte delivers his SONA. Photo: Screen grab - ABS-CBN broadcast

resident Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA) was a chance for Filipinos to size-up their newly elected president, to listen to what he had to say, then determine for themselves what the next six years will probably be like.

Above all else, the president projected an image of a leader who has the best interest of the country at heart. He realizes that there is much that needs to get done and he has rolled up his sleeves (literally) in order to get things moving as quickly as possible. Duterte is  definitely a man on a mission who realizes that despite the country's economic accomplishments of late, there is still much that is holding the country back and preventing it from achieving the levels of development attained by its Asian neighbors like Japan, Singapore, Taiwan,  or Korea.

Duterte has also made it clear that to achieve his goals, he must have to support of his countrymen. And so far, his current sky-high ratings prove that a vast majority of Filipinos are behind him.

His honesty and sincerity are refreshing as well as endearing. And his simplicity in manner as well as attire is something that many Filipinos should emulate.

However, Duterte's SONA speech highlighted a few of what some might see as his shortcomings as well. He appeared to have a tendency to ramble on whenever he was not reading from the teleprompter. His speech turned into a stream of consciousness that had him bouncing from one disjointed topic to another.

And finally—despite his statements to the contrary—Duterte's facile use of shortcuts and extra-judicial means to achieve his ends, at this point in time appear as dark clouds in the horizon. He must reign-in any and all rogue elements working in his behalf. Otherwise they may likely end up undermining his presidency and prevent him from achieving his lofty goals. Before things begin turning ugly and start spinning out of control, the president must go after all these vigilante groups with the same fervor he is using to stamp-out drugs in the country.

Whether we agree with him or not, Duterte will lead the Philippines for the next six years. He appears sincere in his desire to bring about real change and prosperity. As loyal Filipinos, we must rally behind him to help him achieve those goals. His win will be our win ... for generations to come. Published 7/25/2016

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The Orlando Massacre Clearly Highlights America's Distorted Values Towards Guns

At this point, it has clearly become an annoyance to watch the news and see Americans contort themselves into a pretzel in anguish over the latest mass killing in the United States. The anguish is genuine—there is no doubt about that, but the gun-related rampages happen so frequently ... Published 6/16/2016

It's What Happens After the Hague Tribunal Says the Philippines Won Versus China, That Matters

In a few weeks the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague will render its decision on the case the Philippines brought against China. In all likelihood the tribunal will rule in favor of the Philippines. For starters this will reinforce the country's claim that Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal), which lies 220 km (137 mi) west of Palauig, Zambales, is well within the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) ... Published 6/7/2016

Should Senator Trillanes be charged with treason for the loss of Scarborough Shoal?

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It Might be Back to the Dark Ages with the Duterte Plan to Reinstate the Death Penalty

According to Deterte's choice for the next Speaker of the House, Incoming Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, they will definitely bring back the death penalty to the Philippines. In a video interview with local press, Alvarez noted that he is confident it can be done. Published 5/22/2016

The NBN-ZTE Abalos Acquittal: An Opportunity for Duterte to Prove His Mettle to Filipinos

How can anyone forget the 2007 NBN-ZTE scandal. Where an ill-advised, grossly overpriced broadband network with limited capability was almost rammed down the throats of hapless Filipinos by the Arroyo administration. A foolhardy endeavor that would have cost Filipino taxpayers US$329 million. Published 5/16/2016

Rodrigo Duterte Is the Next President of the Philippines

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