Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that his appointed Cabinet secretaries should be praised instead of him because of their resolve to fulfill their respective duties to give a comfortable life to Filipinos.
“And the drugs have continued to be imported, getting inside into our communities and continue to plunder the lives of people and whatever income,” Duterte said. “There is shabu and they continue to number in billions until now. And the human rights are not even worried about home many children would still be destroyed and homes are, I said, rendered dysfunctional.”
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, however, said Duterte might deliver his SONA at the Malacañan Palace in Manila, in case one of those invited to attend the annual event at the Batasang Pambansa tests positive for the Covid-19.
Recent SWS survey revealed that the Duterte administration registered a “very good” score on helping the poor (+64), fighting terrorism (+61), providing information needed by the citizens to assess the government (+58), having clear policies (+56), developing a healthy economy (+53), reconciling with Muslim rebels (+51), and protecting press freedom (+50).
MANILA — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo welcomed the results of the Dec. 13 to 16 poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which showed that 96 percent of Filipinos are entering 2020 with hope rather than with fear. Panelo noted a similar survey conducted by Pulse Asia on Dec. 3 to 8 found that 93...