Ni: Belle Orlina
[Kinalap ng Tapat News online at bi-monthly newspaper ang mga pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte sa kanyang unang State of the Nation Address (SONA) nitong Hulyo 25 na pawang kapupulutan ng mga aral ng bawat Pilipino.
Kumbinsido kami rito sa Tapat News na ang mga punto ng mga mensahe ni Duterte ay para sa lahat ng panahon.]
Narito ang quotes:
- We cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back. Finger-pointing is not the [right] way. That is why [the President should] not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or blaming those who are perceived to be responsible for the mess that we are in and suffering from.
- Those who betrayed the people’s trust, shall not go unpunished, and they will have their day in court.
- We must have the courage to fight for what we believe in, undeterred by the fear of failing, or losing. Indeed, courage knows no limits, cowardice does.
- To our religious bishops, leaders, priests, pastors, preachers, imams,… while I am a stickler for the principle of separation between Church and State, I believe quite strongly that there should never be a separation between God and State.
- The fight against criminality and illegal drugs and corruption will be relentless and sustained. I reiterate that commitment today, and that is why I call on… all those occupying seats of power and authority, not to lower their guard. There will be no let-up in this campaign. Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered, or are put either behind bars, or below the ground, if they so wish.
- [The] administration shall be sensitive to the State’s obligations to promote, protect, [and] fulfill the rights of our citizens, especially the poor, the marginalized and the vulnerable, and social justice shall be pursued, …as the rule of law shall prevail at all times.
- Since our country continues to be confronted with internal security threats aggravated by the existence and activities of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf Group, the full force of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) will be applied to crush these criminals who operate under the guise of religious fervor. The AFP shall enhance its capability to search and engage these rogue and lawless elements.
- On the aspect of our peace processes relating to our engagement with the international community, the Philippines shall remain committed to working with our international partners in achieving lasting peace and progress in the country.
- Enduring peace can only be attained only if we meet the fundamental human needs of every man, woman and child.
- To our Muslim brothers, let us find [solutions], let us end the centuries of this mistrust and warfare.
- To the CPP/NPA/NDF, let us end these decades of ambuscades and skirmishes. We are going nowhere. And it is getting bloodier [every] day.
- To immediately stop violence on the ground, restore peace in the communities and provide an enabling environment conducive to the resumption of the peace talks.
- Tax reforms [should lead] towards a simpler, more equitable and more efficient tax system that can foster investment and job creation.
- Th[e] government [must] not condone violence and repression of media.
- To strengthen the delivery of social services, the government [must] intensify its protection programs, so it can use its resources, expertise to make a dent in the country’s poverty levels.
- We are imbued with resiliency that has been tested and proven. More difficult times as in the past. We have a bond to act together. We have to help each other. For then and only then can we truly prevail.
- And the Filipino, disciplined, informed, involved, shall rise from the rubbles of sorrow and pain. So that all the mirrors in the world will reflect the face of a passion that has changed this land.