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Duterte to deliver legacy SONA

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is expected to be both on legacy and lecture mode as he delivers today his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), where he is seen to cite the gains of his administration while responding to critics of his controversial policies.

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is expected to be both on legacy and lecture mode as he delivers today his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), where he is seen to cite the gains of his administration while responding to critics of his controversial policies.

Duterte’s “legacy” SONA may highlight security and anti-poverty efforts as well as the government’s infrastructure program, an endeavor that aims to become a “gold standard” for future leaders, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

“For the next three years, it’s all about Duterte legacy... Legacy is a very important word,” Andanar told radio station dzBB yesterday.

 

“(If the President leaves) hard legacy like subways, railway systems in Mindanao, bridges, highways... that will become the ‘gold standard,’ that will become the barometer, the bar that the next president will have to look at. They have to either match it or surpass it to improve the lives of every Filipino,” he added.

The administration is planning to spend P8 trillion for infrastructure until 2022 to improve the competitiveness of the Philippines, which has been a laggard in the region when it comes to public infrastructure. Officials have claimed that the ambitious Build Build Build program would usher in a “golden age” of infrastructure.

Andanar said the fourth SONA, which may last for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the speed of delivery, would be one of his most important speeches as it would contain plans for his last three years in office. Aside from infrastructure, two other themes that may be highlighted are poverty alleviation and peace and order.

“At the end of the day, what is important is that President Duterte sets the bar for public service and… for infrastructure-building, policymaking and poverty alleviation,” Andanar said in a recent interview.

Source:Inquirer 

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