Foreign political expert details all points of PRRD's 3rd SONA: "Your concern is human rights – mine is human lives.” - The Daily Sentry

Monday, July 23, 2018

Foreign political expert details all points of PRRD's 3rd SONA: "Your concern is human rights – mine is human lives.”

 President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo from ABS-CBN Nesw

Succinctly put, President Rodrigo Duterte is here to “serve the nation” rather than heed “devious agendas”, a foreign political analyst wrote.

Adam Garrie, geo-political expert and Eurasia Future Director, enumerated the cogent points that Duterte discussed during his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) starting with the very pinnacle of his administration: War on illegal drugs.

The issue of illegal drugs has been reckoned as a major culprit behind the people’s vote for Duterte, and now that he is in power, it has become the issue linked to human rights violations.

But in a memorable line, Duterte said, “if you think I can be dissuaded from my drug war…by protests which I believe are misdirected, then you’ve got it all wrong. Your concern is human rights – mine is human lives.”

Adam Garrie (Photo from adamgarriereal)

And his concern for human lives, as Garrie enumerated, stretched out to governmental corruption that hinders economic and social growth.

The President made sure to warn officials who do not take down red taping within bureaucratic transactions.

“Duterte further warned against those who think that personal loyalty can help them to purchase a proverbial get out of jail free card.

He stated that corruption will not be tolerated even among those friendly and loyal to the President,” Garrie wrote.

For the President, the welfare of the people supersedes political ties, and he has made this clear in his SONA.

Duterte also addressed another hot contention, and it is that of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, formerly known as the Bangsamoro Basic Law which he promised to “Muslim brothers and sisters” from the start.

He vowed to sign and implement the law within 48 hours, and it will finally, as Garrie wrote, “grant local autonomy to the Moro (Philippine Muslim) communities who live in large areas in Mindanao.”

As Duterte moved into discussing foreign relations, Garrie noted the President’s line that served as a “stern rebuke” against the “Liberal Sinophobic critics”.

“We shall continue to reach out to all nations irrespective of their political proclivities…so long as they wish us well,” Duterte said.

Garrie regarded the President’s effort to be in “a position of win-win geopolitical neutrality” that helped cement better ties with economic superpower, China, and neighboring ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) members.

The political analyst pointed out the President’s warmth and support towards overseas Filipino workers (OFW) by way of his always making sure to meet them when he travels.

“He further condemned the abuse of OFWs by foreign employers in a reference to this year’s dispute with the Kuwaiti regime over the mistreatment of Filipinos in the Arab state,” Garrie noted.

Then comes the environment, with a particular mention of Boracay.

 President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo from New York Times)

“Duterte stated that companies wantonly abusing the natural environment will be held to account,” Garrie reiterated.

Boracay had become a highlight in Duterte’s environmental policies being a top tourist destination plagued by overdevelopment and oligarchy that swiftly took down its natural beauty.

The President intends to move forward with restoring an environment to bring back jobs and in opening a disaster relief department focused on sustainable development.

The discussion of taxes came next with Duterte’s TRAIN law in place which makes sure to pave the way

for a “fairer tax system for all”, as said during the SONA.

Big companies and affluent oligarchs will pay their dues, especially the taxes they evaded, while small to medium-sized businesses will receive tax relief.

For healthcare, The President urged the immediate passing of the Universal Healthcare Bill and vowed to further invest in streamlining quality healthcare throughout the country.

Another controversial topic that Duterte discussed was on constitutional reform where he reiterated his intention not to stay a day longer in his term.

From drugs to corruption to a new government, Garrie laid down all these points made by the President during the SONA and found it befitting that Duterte concluded it all by quoting former American President Abraham Lincoln, “if I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”


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