Sona: Duterte to ‘educate critics’ 
Published on: Saturday, July 20, 2019

MANILA: Drugs, the economy, corruption, terrorism, the West Philippine Sea controversy and the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution seeking to investigate killings under the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. 

These and more are just some of the topics that President Rodrigo Duterte  (pic) could tackle in his 4th State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, July 22. 

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President has yet to discuss the theme of the 4th Sona but noted Duterte would likely skip accomplishments enumerated during pre-Sona forums. “Short lang, mga 2 hours. Alam mo naman si Presidente, pag ginanahan makuwento,” he said. 

He said Secretary Martin Andanar’s statement that the President’s Sona might focus on legacy “is just speculation.” 

“You cannot read the Duterte pagdating sa ganyang speeches,” he said, adding that Duterte sometimes discards prepared speeches.  He denied that the 4th Sona will be defensive, saying it will be an opportunity to “educate the critics and detractors of the falsity and wrongness of their stand.” 

He defended the alleged “nanlaban pattern” seen in police reports to describe the killings of drug suspects who allegedly resisted arrest.

“Assuming na merong abuso, magfile kayo para mapakulong natin...You don’t need a CCTV. Kung meron kang testimonial na credible, paniniwalaan ka nang hukuman,” he said when asked about alleged killings conducted by the police. 

He also said the President is irked by critics who keep hitting his “verbal agreement” allowing China to fish in the West Philippine Sea.  “Ang style niya intelligent approach. Practical. Cautious.” 

He said the incident wherein a Chinese ship abandoned 22 Filipino fishermen after sinking their boat near Recto (Reed) Bank should also be balanced with the Philippines’ relationship with Beijing. 



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