Hontiveros hoping Duterte will explain his foreign policy in SONA

Published July 21, 2019, 4:07 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Hanah Tabios

Incumbent Senator Risa Hontiveros is hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will finally discuss his foreign policy in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 22.

Senator Risa Hontiveros talks is seen during a session at the Session Hall at Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City on Monday. (JOHN JEROME GANZON) Manila Bulletin
Senator Risa Hontiveros (JOHN JEROME GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN file photo)

This, despite the Palace’s earlier statement that the Chief Executive will no longer discuss his administration’s achievements, but rather “educate” his critics who claimed that he has been violating the Constitution.

“Kung pwede lang magwish sana ang kanyang foreign policy, kung pano na niya itataguyod yung ating soberanya sa West Philippine Sea at sa Exclusive  Economic Zone kaugnay ng China lalo na may tagumpay tayong malinaw na malinaw sa Hague Tribunal,” she told the Manila Bulletin in an interview during the pre-SONA dialogue in Baseco Compound in Manila on Sunday.

Hontiveros, who has never missed attending the SONA since becoming a senator, also wants to hear the president’s “vision, agenda, and platform of governance” in the last three years of his administration.

But she noted that she expected nothing more from Duterte’s speech aside from his previous remarks.

“Tulad nitong nakaraang taon puro banta ng patayan, kabastusan sa kababaihan, pagsuko sa China,” she added.

Hontiveros also emphasized that Duterte must properly report to his constituents, through the Congress, as this was mandated by the Constitution.

“Ang SONA ba ay para turuan lang ang mga kritiko? Sayang naman kung gano’n lang. Lagi niyo naman kaming pinagsasabihan diba. Siguro ang importante sa SONA ay makapagbigay sana kayo ng inspirasyon sa sambayanan kung saang direksyon ang dapat nating tahakin at gagawin ngayon,” she said.

Meanwhile, several residents who attended the forum organized by Duterte’s staunch critic Tindig Pilipinas, said they wanted to hear the president discuss his plans to address the country’s health care system, housing projects primarily for informal settlers, job opportunities for Filipinos, including the retirees who still have the capacity to work, among others.

 
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