In a fiery State of the Nation Address immediately (Monday, July 24), President Duterte usually veered off script, and as at all times laced his rhetoric with some vibrant language. Here are some of the key points of the two-hour speech:
The battle on medication will likely be “unrelenting”.
“The fight will be unrelenting. The fight will not stop until those who deal with it [drugs] understand that they have to stop because the alternative is either jail or hell.”
“I do not intend to loosen the leash in the campaign or lose the fight against illegal drugs. I will hound you to the very gates of hell.”
To drug battle critics: I worth human life “the way I value mine”.
“To the critics in opposition to this battle, your efforts will likely be higher spent in the event you use the affect, ethical authority and ascendancy of your organisations over your respective sectors to teach the individuals on the evils of unlawful medication as a substitute of condemning the authorities and unjustly blaming for each killing that bloodies this nation.
“But don’t get me wrong. I value human life the way I value mine. Each life that is snuffed out translates into future generations lost. It is like cracking the acorn from which oak tree grow, which in turn produce the seeds to complete the cycle of life in perpetuity.”
Warning to mining corporations that they are going to be “taxed to death” if they don’t spend sufficient on environmental rehabilitation.
Going off-script, he stated: “You are already wealthy, mining corporations.
“Either I’ll elevate the taxes, what I get there I’ll reserve to compensate for many who are struggling. You should give you a substitute; both spend to revive the virginity of their source or I’ll tax you to death.
“You see the rice fields, the rice fields went dry, the soil cracked, so the farmers can’t eat anymore, they’re diminished to the rubbish of what you will get there, salvage something, and promote it.
“So I’ll enhance the taxes, then I’ll suppose of one thing that may compensate or make up for the injury, or at the least the earnings restored. Otherwise, I’ll should cease mining.
“I mean it. Do not try to test my resolve. Absolutely I have nothing to lose except my life.”
Calls on the USA to return the historic Balangiga Bells, taken in 1901 following a bloodbath of 48 American troops.
“Give us back those Balangiga bells. They are ours. They belong to the Philippines. They are part of our national heritage. Please return it. That is painful for us.”
To the army: Be “unforgiving” to the communist rebels..
“I’m ordering the army and the police to be unforgiving to the communist rebels as they’re very unforgiving to us.
“No more talks [with the communists]. From now on, do not question me about the Reds.”
The pursuit of peace will proceed till the final day of his administration.
“The pursuit of peace continues. Peace eludes us nonetheless. Sometimes I’m nearly tempted that peace could not come throughout our lifetime.
“It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek.”
Wants Congress to go a regulation creating an company to deal with catastrophe response.
“I am calling on both houses of Congress to draft a law establishing a new authority or department that is responsive to the prevailing 21st century conditions.”
Will proceed following an “independent foreign policy” with sturdy hyperlinks to China.
“We have cultivated hotter relations with China, bilateral dialogues and different mechanisms resulting in easing of rigidity between the two international locations and enhance the negotiating atmosphere on the West Philippine Seas.
“We will engage the nations with full respect of the rule of law, sovereign, equality, and again, non-interference.”
Despite his private views, he desires households to have entry to contraception.
“I am not for abortion, I am not for birth control, but certainly I am for giving freedom to Filipinos to decide how many children will they be able to support and send to school.”
To police and armed forces: “I have your backs”.
“For troopers and policemen risking their lives for our nation and democracy, I’ve your backs. I maintain myself, me and me alone must be accountable.
“For the family of those who are rendered totally disabled in the line of duty, we shall provide shelter health care assistance, education.”
On troopers combating in Marawi: “They are the silent heroes who risk their lives everyday for our country’s security.”
Accepts 25 billion tax settlement from Mighty tobacco company.
“I’ve directed DOF and BIR to simply accept Mighty’s provide of 25 billion pesos to pay its tax liabilities.
“This will likely be the largest tax settlement on report. It will produce a windfall for presidency, which is critical, since we face the surprising prices of rebuilding Marawi and Ormoc.
“Let this be a lesson to others—this administration will spare no one found cheating the government of its due.”
Calls for an finish to corruption in authorities.
“Whether or not my first 12 months of administration is a 12 months of beneficial properties or a 12 months for setbacks shouldn’t be for me to say, however for the individuals to guage.
“My fellow residents, a lot stays to be accomplished. Corruption persists like a teaspoon caught in the throat. It pains and it’s disconcerting. We have to put an finish to corruption which is deeply embedded.
“Nevertheless let us work together and lay a new foundation upon which a better Philippines can be reconstructed. Help me build a better tomorrow”