The Latest: President Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address

Published July 27, 2020, 9:52 AM

by MB Online

Here are the latest on President Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address to be held at the Batasang Pambansa Complex today, July 27:

8:29 am: Rapid testing is being conducted at the House of Representatives South Wing Annex.

9:02 am: Authorities conduct security check at the Batasang Pambansa complex

9:10 am: Makabayan lawmakers march along University Avenue, seven hours before President’s SONA

9:22 am: Various groups representing farmers, fishermen, agriculture workers, rural women, and urban poor start their protest march from the Department of Agrarian Reform headquarters in Quezon City to UP Diliman.

9:39 am: Members of ACT Philippines start their protest march from Commonwealth Avenue to UP for the #SONAgKAISA.

11: 11 am: House Assistant Minority Leader France Castro (Gabriela Partylist), Rep. Sarah Jane Elago, and Bayan Muna Representatives Carlos Zarate, Eufemia Cullamat and Ferdinand Gaite join the SONAgKAISA protest at UP Campus in Quezon City.

2:32 pm: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirms that President Duterte will be physically present at the Batasan Pambansa Complex for his fifth SONA.

3:02 pm: Senate President Vicente Sotto III enters the Batasan Pambansa Complex

3:55 pm: Cabinet secretaries are inside the Batasan Pambansa Complex

4:01 pm: President Duterte arrives at the Batasan Pambansa Complex

4:05 pm: President Duterte begins his fifth SONA

4:10 pm: President Duterte says “media is a powerful tool in the hands of oligarchs like the Lopezes who use their media outlets in their battles against political figures”; says he was a “casualty” of the Lopezes during the 2016 election.

4:15 pm: President Duterte praises Sen. Bong Go’s “Malasakit Center” program; says the center has been of “great help” to Filipinos

4:22 pm: President Duterte says his administration believe that freedom from illegal drugs, terrorism, the freedom from illegal drugs, terrorism corruption, and criminality is itself a human right violation.”

4:23 pm: President Duterte says the government needs the “support and cooperation” of the people to succeed in battle the cause of a crisis of a national proportion

4:26 pm: President Duterte thanks the members of the IATF, NTF, and LGUs for their efforts to “keep the pandemic in check.”

4:29 pm: President Duterte says government set aside billions for social amelioration program to help families and diplaced workers.

4:31 pm: President Duterte says thousands of Filipino workers affected by the pandemic have been given aid.

4:32 pm: President Duterte calls for swift passage of Bayanihan 2 or the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

4:35 pm: President Duterte announces programs for displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

4:36 pm: President Duterte asks Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to implement special training program to retool OFWs so they can find employment.

4:37 pm: President Duterte orders the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to come up with agri-business and entrepreneurship projects to help OFWs.

4:40 pm: President Duterte calls landlords and lessors to be fair and compassionate towards their tenants, “Do not drive them away.”

4:42 pm: President Duterte appeals to commercial establishments to give grace period, defer payment of MSMEs tenants.

4:43 pm: President Duterte says he is committed to protect the physical and digital lives of the law-abiding countrymen,”we must run after online scammers.”

4:45 pm: President Duterte reiterates that he will not allow face-to-face classes until COVID-19 risk is eliminated.

4:47 pm: President Duterte pushes for online transactions of online government services.

4:48 pm: President Duterte says four days ago he made a plea to President Xi Jinping to ask if the Philippines can be among the the first to get access to COVID-19 vaccine.

4:52 pm: President Duterte orders concerned government agencies to ensure TV frequencies are fully utilized by government for online education.

4:53 pm: President Duterte says he will shut down telco firms if they cannot improve their services.

4:56 pm: President Duterte to Smart and Globe: “Kindly improve the services before December.”

4:57 pm: President Duterte vows to improve healthcare facilities, augment workforce in local government units.

4:59 pm: President Duterte calls help of LGUs in barangay development program.

4:50 pm: President Duterte says Martial law in Mindanao ended without abuses by the civilian sector, by the police, by the military, “because this time, I know that we know how to love the country.”

5:00 pm: President Duterte appeals to Congress to pass bill creating department of overseas Filipinos.

5:01 pm: President Duterte reiterates the passage of the law reviving the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes specified under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

5:03 pm: President Duterte says he didn’t hear clapping from the lawmakers on the death penalty revival, surmises that they are not interested with the bill.

5:07 pm: President Duterte on illegal drugs: “Do not do it in my country because I will really kill you.”

5:09 pm: President Duterte calls for the passage of national housing development bill, retail housing subsidy program.

5:11 pm: President to Congress: “Pass bills on advanced nursing education, medical reserve corps, and creation of national disease prevention authority.”

5:13 pm: President Duterte asks for the passage of bill on uniformed system for separation, retirement, pension of military and uniformed personnel.

5:15 pm: President Duterte calls lawmakers to pass bills on modernizing the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

5:17 pm: President Duterte says he will deliver one of the longest SONAs.

5:18 pm: President Duterte says the Boracay rehabilitation is doing well.

5:20 pm: President Duterte calls Congress to pass bill creating Boracay Island Development Authority.

5:21 pm: President Duterte asks for the passage of bill creating coconut farmers trust fund.

5:22 pm: President Duterte endorses bill strengthening rural agricultural and fisheries financial system.

5:23 pm: President Duterte supports passage of proposed Internet transactions act.

5:25 pm: President Duterte says the Philippines will continue to pursue independent foreign policy.

5:26 pm: President Duterte opposes establishment of foreign bases in the country.

5:29 pm: President Duterte prefers diplomatic approach and opposes going to war with China over West Philippine Sea dispute.

5:31 pm: President Duterte says China is in possession of property, “What can we do? We have to go to war and I cannot afford it. Maybe, some other presidents can but I cannot.”

5:32 pm: President Duterte admits that government’s pandemic response is far from perfect.

5:33 pm: President Duterte recognizes the need to improve of the pandemic response, however, asks for the public’s cooperation.

5:34 pm: President Duterte assures public that there can never be a runaway crime in any of the cities under his watch, “I can assure we can remain relatively peaceful.”

5:38 pm: President Duterte says “We will not gamble with the lives and health of the people.”

5:39 pm: President Duterte asks for solidarity and unity in the march towards the light at the end of the tunnel.

5:41 pm: President Duterte says the oligarchy that exists in the country is the oligarch that existed during the Spanish time.

5:42 pm: President Duterte slams oligarchy that controls water, electricity, and power.

5:47 pm: President Duterte ends SONA and waves goodbye before leaving the House session hall.