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MANILA, Philippines – No time to watch President Rodrigo Duterte's

50-minute State of the Nation Address (SONA) or read the


complete transcript?

Here's a quick summary of all the important points he mentioned at


the Batasang Pambansa on Monday, July 23.

Drug war - Duterte's banner program gets first mention. He says it will
be "relentless" and "as chilling as the day it began." Slams human
rights groups for criticizing the anti-drug campaign.

Corruption - Thanks Congress for passing the Ease of Doing Business


Act. Says all agencies must simplify processes and cut red tape. Says
he's had to fire "friends" due to corruption.

Mindanao promise - Vows "significant increases" in Mindanao's


budget

Bangsamoro law - Promises to sign the Bangsamoro Organic


Law within "48 hours" after Malacañang receives Congress' approved
version.

Marawi siege - Recognizes soldiers and police who died fighting in


Marawi City. Says government welcomes with open arms terrorists
who surrender to authorities.

Foreign policy - Vows to pursue an "independent foreign policy."


Mentions ties with Southeast Asian countries but spends bulk of this
portion on benefits of "reenergized" ties with China and commitment
to "defend our interests in the West Philippine Sea."

Overseas Filipino workers - Condemns deaths and abuses suffered


by Filipino migrant workers at the hands of foreign employers. Says
OFW rights to be his administration's "foremost foreign policy
concern."

Contractualization - Says government efforts have led to


regularization of 300,000 workers. Calls on Congress to pass a
law prohibiting all forms of contractualization after admitting
his executive order won't suffice.

Coconut farmers - Asks Congress to pass bills creating a Coconut


Farmers' Trust Fund, one of his campaign promises.

Telecommunications, internet - Reiterates promise to ensure


reliable, affordable, and secure telecommunications services. Says
terms of reference for 3rd telco player is almost ready. Promises
the lowering of interconnection rates between all players to ensure
improvements in the entire sector.

Bong Go - Mentions his aide's name in relation to "consultations" with


the public and establishing "malasakit centers." Go is said to have
plans to run for senator in 2019. (READ: Do Bong Go's donations,
billboards violate government ethics code?)

Boracay closure - Justifies the island's closure as an environmental


protection measure. Warns local government units to enforce laws and
not wait for the national government to "swoop in."

Land use act - Calls on Congress to pass a law creating a national


land use policy, legislation that has been pending for two decades.

Disaster management - Calls on Congress to pass a law creating


a disaster management department with more powers and resources
than existing disaster response agencies.

Warning to miners - Tells "irresponsible miners" to stop destroying


watersheds, forests, and bodies of water. Says natural resources must
benefit all Filipinos, not just the rich.

Tax reform - Insists Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law
must not be repealed despite criticism it has contributed to inflation.
Tells Congress he wants tosign TRAIN Package 2 by the end of 2018.
Mentions by name the lawmakers who filed versions of the bill. Calls
on Congress to pass all other tax reform packages.
Health - Calls on Congress to pass the universal health care bill.
Mentions Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, author of the bill
when he was Kabayan representative, by name. Roque is also said to
be running for senator in 2019.

Federalism - Thanks his Consultative Committee for their draft federal


constitution. Insists that Filipinos will support the shift to a federal
system of government. (READ: Majority of Filipinos reject shift to
federalism now – Pulse Asia)

– Rappler.com