Here are some of President Rodrigo Duterte’s memorable quotes during his speech at the State of the Nation Address on Monday (July 23).
Duterte also lifted a verse from the Bible when he said the government would defend the rights of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.
“There’s a time for everything. A time to negotiate and a time to quarrel. With your enemy, with your political opponents, with your wife. A time to antagonize, and a time to make peace, and a time to go to war, and a time to live, and a time to die. That’s Ecclesiastes 3,” he said.
The chief executive also agreed on reinstating death penalty on heinous crimes and plunder.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recorded a low crime rate in Metro Manila from July 2016 to September 2019.
According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar there were 49,835 crime incidents recorded from July 2016 to September 2019 which is 62 percent lower compared to the 131,839 crime incidents recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.
However, based on the NCRPO records, murder cases increased by 60 percent. From July 2016 to September 2019, murder cases increased by 4,295 compared with the 2,682 cases recorded from April 2013 to June 2016.
Eleazar said the increase in the murder cases is due to the illegal drug campaign of the government.
“Dahil sa ating campaign against illegal drugs. Ito’y mga sindikatong nagpapatayan dahil they want to silence ang mga members ng syndicates (It is because of our campaign against illegal drugs. There are syndicates who are killing each other because they want to silence syndicate members),” he said.
Meanwhile, the number of cases in homicide, physical injury, rape, theft, and robbery decreased.
Eleazar is confident crime rate will continue to decline.
“Kasi sa city ordinances naiiwasan natin iyong mga petty crimes. At kapag naiwasan iyan ay maiiwasan din natin ang mga serious crimes to happen— nagiging effective ang ating crime prevention, (Because in city ordinances, petty crimes are prevented. And once it is prevented, we can also prevent serious crimes to happen)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
President Rodrigo Duterte will speak in Valdai business forum in Sochi, Russia as part of his second state visit in Russia from October 1 to 5.
This will be the first time a Philippine leader will speak in the said forum where other world leaders and top Russian officials are also invited. The theme of the business forum is about “The World Order Seen from the East.”
Chief Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant of Foreign Affairs Robert Borje said the President will talk about his perspective of the world order and its relation to Philippine foreign policy.
“He is expected to give his perspective or vision of the world order as it is emerging right now and how this relates to Philippine foreign policy. Of course, we can surmise that the President will include in his statement an explanation of his independent foreign policy,” he said.
President Duterte will visit Russia for the second time to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss several bilateral agreements between the two countries.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) European Affairs Asec. Maria Amelit Aquino the visit aims to bolster the 40-year tie between the Philippines and Russia.
“The relations are really being intensified and we have formal platforms, relations have really improved compared to the last 40 years,” she said.
The president will also speak at the Moscow Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), a leading institution for diplomats in Russia as well as meet the Filipino community in the country.
Around 7,000 Filipinos are currently working in Russia and most of them are in the household service and energy industry.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong who was a former chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has revealed last week that there are several policemen who are allegedly involved in recycling illegal drugs.—AAC
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