Sunday, July 21, 2019

Duterte’s 4th SONA

During the campaign debates leading to the 2016 election, Duterte said a lot of campaign promises that enabled him to win. I kept a list here

Today, he’ll deliver his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) and I would love to hear what the president would do, in his remaining 3 years in office, to address the issues/problems that he promised to end, such as:


Real Status of the Drug Problem in the Country – Already a failed promise to end it in 3-6 months. Death toll from his #WarOnDrugs continue to rise but no concrete date presented showing the real status of the drug problem

Corruption in the Government – He already accepted defeat on this

End of contractualization – The last time I heard, he didn’t sign an executive order (EO) against contractualization

1 Doctor per Barangay – Nothing has been done about this. It’s still a target until 2022

Department of Finance under a woman head – It’s currently under a male head Carlos Dominguez III

Declaration of Martial Law unless rebellion and lawless violence – There are no rebellion and lawless violence in Mindanao. It’s isolated cases of terrorism yet he declared ML. No concrete proof of peace in Mindanao in spite of on-going martial law.

More train system – No new train system running yet in spite of his #BuildBuildBuild program. Although there were groundbreaking ceremonies done – The Subway System in February 27, 2019, the LRT Extension to Cavite in May 7, 2019 and the Tutuban-Malolos PNR (Phase 1) in February 15, 2019.

Resolve the issue of heavy traffic in Metro Manila within 1-2 years – He already accepted defeat in this campaign promise

Resolve the issue of rice cartel and smugglers in 3 days – another failed promised in spite of the Rice Tariffication Law. As of March 2019 the government is still breaking the rice cartels

Right the historical wrong against Mindanao – nothing has been done so far
Federalism – the people obviously doesn’t want this

Manila is a symbol of being oppress – nothing has been done about this
More budget for Mindanao Still a work-in-progress

Cooperatives/Credit Union per Region – still a work in progress

Talk to the New People’s Army (NPA) – he did it once during his 1st year in office but nothing has been done to address the issue with the NPA.

Rehabilitation of the Laguna Lake – after highlighting this issue during one of his flights back to Manila, nothing has been done about this. In fact, we’re still waiting for an Executive Order (EO) to broadly mobilize government agencies to rehabilitate this lake

Jetski to the Spratlys to plant the Philippine Flag – a joke

In fairness to Duterte, here are some of his accomplishments:

Creation of OFW Bank -- Although technically, he didn’t create a totally new bank for OFWs. He just renamed the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (Postbank).

Bangsamoro Basic Law – signed on July 26, 2018 and renamed to Bangsamoro Organic Law

Department of Tourism to be headed by a woman – Currently headed by Bernadette Romulo-Puyat — Secretary of Department of Tourism

Divert income of PAGCOR for hospital expenses of the poor --

Landbank should give more funds to farmers --

Will allow Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani – done

Executive Order on the FOI – at least we now have an FOI website for government agencies under the Executive Branch of Government

911 Hotline and 8888 Complaint Number – in effect

Readers, do you have something to add to the list of fulfilled and unfilled campaign promise of Duterte?

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