Sen. Risa Hontiveros described President Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) as akin to a nasty open mic efficiency.
“Ano man ang mga positibong punto na nabanggit ni President ngayong gabi, were far outweighed by his sheer disdain for democratic governance. Yun ang talagang lookout ko at ng Senate minority,” she mentioned.
“No clear strategic directions for the country, all sound and fury signifying nothing. The same old things, disdain for human rights, war on drugs, martial law,” Hontiveros mentioned.
The senator was upset the President has not modified his stance on human rights and due course of.
Hontiveros mentioned it was troublesome to think about how the President may worth life when he has not issued any order stopping extrajudicial killings consequently of his struggle on medicine.
“As of this time, eight to 12 thousand individuals are being killed. And for him to say that it will be unrelenting, there will be no let-up, nakakadismaya talaga,” she mentioned.
Hontiveros additionally assailed the obvious lack of any platform of governance and strategic instructions that Presidents historically lay down of their SONA.
“It was simply an effective public speaking device na gumamit ng mga kwento o mag-refer sa specific persons pero hindi bilang ganito na disparate points in a rumbling performance. Nagmumukha lang syang appeal to personalities sa halip na pag rally ng support para sa isang mas comprehensive and integrated plan for the country,” she mentioned.
She mentioned it was unhappy that the Chief Executive himself admitted being a bully which she felt was inappropriate as a pacesetter of a democratic society.
“I think we really have so much work still to do. Hindi lang para alamin kay President ano ba talaga ang platform of governance nya na hanggang ngayon hindi pa naililinaw, to stave off some of the more destructive tendencies,” she mentioned.