ABS-CBN among Duterte’s first agenda during fifth SONA

Despite claims from the Palace about President Rodrigo Duterte’s neutral stance over the franchise issue of ABS-CBN, he wasted no time in lambasting the TV network within the first five minutes of his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). According to Duterte, he is a “casualty” of the Lopezes, the family who owns and […]

Duterte pushes for death penalty at SONA

President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for the revival of the death penalty through lethal injection in his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA). “I reiterate the swift passage of the law reviving the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes specified under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” said Duterte. The president has been […]

Duterte reiterates his plea for COVID-19 vaccine to Xi Jinping at SONA

In his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte shared his recent conversation with Chinese leader President Xi Jinping, reiterating his request to prioritize the Philippines once China develops a vaccine for COVID-19. “Let me just mention it in passing that about four days ago, I made a plea to President Xi […]

CHR, critics question DILG advisory vs SONA protests

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued an advisory urging local government units (LGUs) to ban and not allow rallies during President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). The agency reminded the LGUs to comply with Resolution No. 57 of the the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging […]

Duterte pushes for coal mining, breaks his 4th SONA promise

President Rodrigo Duterte recently decided to open the borders of Jolo, Sulu to encourage development in Mindanao, involving investment in coal energy instead of pushing for renewable energy sources as what he promised in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA). Last year, the president promised to address climate change, citing the burning of […]