By Noreen Jazul
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said President Duterte will talk a lot about the government’s Malasakit Program in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) today.
In an interview with ANC, Nograles said the President will now focus on the “malasakit” aspect of his campaign as he enters the second half of his term.
“If you look at the President, consistent naman siya, it’s ‘tapang and malasakit’, even when he began his term in 2016.”
“The ‘tapang’ aspect, he’s really focused on that, and he’s really been known for the ‘tapang’ aspect. In the next three years, his administration will be focusing now on ‘malasakit’ without forgetting the ‘tapang’ aspect,” Nograles said.
Nograles cited the recent signing of the Magna Carte for the Poor as one of the administration’s first steps in its “malasakit” program.
“With the President signing the Magna Carta for the Poor, I think the focus now would be adequate food, water, education, housing, and health,” the Cabinet Secretary said.
“These are the components of the Magna Carta for the Poor, rightly so, in the second half of pangulo, ito na ang magiging focus natin,” Nograles added.
Nograles, however, said that the President will continue his “relentless” drug war.
“The President has always said from the start of his term and even during the campaign that he would be relentless sa anti-drugs campaign niya, also because we have to understand that drugs really destroy the future of the country,” Nograles said.
“All of these efforts to reduce hunger, poverty, (and push) for education, health, social welfare, will go to waste if the illegal drugs come into play,” he continued.