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Peterson and I have been waiting for the very first SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte. Finally, 25th of July 2016 has come! The much-anticipated event lived up to everyone’s expectations. The speech was supposed to be short & sweet but it lasted for an hour and 35 minutes. Nevertheless, there was never a dull moment! Straight and sincere. I can’t help but noticed that Mr. President looks good with his eyeglasses on! LOL  As Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has said. “It’s nothing like any of the Sona speeches that we’ve heard before. This one will ask the nation, every citizen to march on and build the country. That’s how it’s like”.

Here are my favorite quotes from Duterte’s SONA, I’ll never get tired of hearing these. 🙂 Ikaw, what’s your favorite Duterte hugot?

We cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back. Finger-pointing is not the way. That is why I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or blaming those who are perceived to be responsible for the mess that we are in and suffering from.

In this quest, I would put at stake my honor, my life and the presidency itself.

We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or are put, either behind bars or below the ground, if they so wish.

No amount of cash assistance or the number of medals can compensate the loss of a human life. Sorrow cuts across every stratum of society. It cuts deeply and the pain lasts forever.

Human rights must work to uplift human dignity. But human rights cannot be used a shield or an excuse to destroy the country–your country and my country.

All of us want peace, not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living.

We will strive to have a permanent and lasting peace before my term ends. That is my goal, that is my dream.

I assure you I assure you, this will be a clean government.

Missed it the first sona of President Rodrigo Duterte? Watch the full replay below!

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