Governance prospects for 2022 and beyond

Dindo Manhit - @inquirerdotnet 08/07/2021

After five years of the Duterte presidency, the administration’s governance and performance certainly merit scrutiny. Stratbase ADR Institute’s recent virtual town hall discussion on the “State of Philippine Governance: A Five-Year Review of the Duterte Presidency” saw…

He to the loo, she to the gold

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 07/29/2021

Almost at the same time that Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was preparing to lift the 224-kg weight that would win for the Philippines our first ever Olympic gold on July 26 in Tokyo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte…

The long goodbye

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 07/28/2021

The State of the Nation Address (Sona), besides being a requirement, is supposed to achieve two things. It’s supposed to highlight what the administration has done over the past year, and justify the money the President will…

Cebu biz leaders weigh in on Pres. Duterte’s last SONA

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/27/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Key figures in the business community here welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to recognize the private sector’s participation in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA). But…

Duterte: When I said I will fight drugs in 6 months, I thought it was like in Davao

Neil Arwin Mercado 07/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “I thought it was like in Davao.” President Rodrigo Duterte had this to say in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) as he looked back at one of his campaign promises back…

Duterte warns of possible lockdown if ‘more aggressive’ Delta variant spreads

Christia Marie Ramos 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — In his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte warned of a possible lockdown should the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant spreads in the country. “It (Delta) is rampaging…

For selfies, lawmakers, guests crowd around Duterte after Sona speech

Christia Marie Ramos 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Apparently eager to get their photo taken with President Rodrigo Duterte, some lawmakers and other guests at the Batasang Pambansa broke physical distancing protocols as they crowd around the Chief Executive after he delivered…

Speaking on pandemic, Duterte jokingly looks for ambulance: Baka meron na ako?

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — As President Rodrigo Duterte began to tout “how well [he] led” the country during the pandemic, he jested about contracting COVID-19 as he jokingly looked for an ambulance during his final State of the…

On final Sona, Duterte repeats campaign promise to ‘kill people who destroy PH’

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ 07/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte again mentioned his often-repeated campaign promise to kill people who would “destroy the country,” even telling the International Criminal Court (ICC) to record and use his statements in his last State…

Group calls Duterte’s last SONA ‘Speech Of No Accomplishment’

Mae Fhel Gom-os 07/26/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Movement for Transformative Politics (MTP) – Gahum sa Katawhan is calling President Rodrigo Duterte’s sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) the ‘Speech Of No Accomplishment.’ Hal Atienza, co-convenor of…

Grading Duterte (1)

Rufa Cagoco-Guiam - @inquirerdotnet 07/26/2021

General Santos City—It is that time of the year again when the country’s president delivers the State of the Nation Address (Sona). This is President Duterte’s last Sona, which means that this is his culminating activity, or…

President Duterte’s last Sona: Cebu benefited from Build, Build, Build’

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/25/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to hold his last State of the Nation Address (Sona) tomorrow, Monday (July 25). And several officials here in Cebu are expecting the Chief Executive to lay bare…

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