Duterte’s last SONA: Not letting facts get in the way

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A research carried out by researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP)-Third World Studies Center discovered that at the very least two folks had been killed every day this 12 months on account of the bloody battle towards unlawful medicine.

Duterte didn’t point out the hundreds killed in the anti-drug marketing campaign which his critics mentioned had been lives wasted as the drug menace hasn’t subsided.

Duterte SONA 2021: “Our unyielding campaign led to the surrender of millions of drug dependents; and neutralization, capture and prosecution of thousands of drug personalities; the dismantling of illegal drugs and syndicates and the drug laboratories; the extensive drug-[clearing] of communities down to the barangay-level, and the cutting of narco politics.”

It lacks impartial affirmation. PDEA’s #RealNumbersPH Year 5 report detailed {that a} complete of 807 dens and clandestine laboratories had been dismantled below Duterte’s drug battle.

Of the complete 42,045 barangays, round 22,093 of 52.55 % have already been declared drug-free.

The report likewise famous that 12,356 excessive worth targets have already been arrested. These included international nationals, elected officers, uniformed personnel, authorities workers, and drug group leaders or members.


Duterte SONA 2021: “Now, MRT-3 no longer unloads passengers but to their destinations. The waiting time between trains has been significantly reduced. [From] 10 trains running at only 30 kilometers per hour before, now [MRT-3] runs 23 trains at 60 kilometers per hour.”

It matches actuality. Last December, the MRT-3 administration introduced the enchancment of prepare velocity following the rail substitute works that had been completed in September.

With this growth, the common ready time for passengers is now 3.5 to 4 minutes from the earlier 8 to 9.5 minutes.

As of July 25, the MRT-3 administration reported that it has deployed a median of 18 trains at peak hours and has served 74,440 passengers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Duterte SONA 2021: “We have taken away the misery of public commuting.”

We have taken away the misery of public commuting — Duterte

It lacks context and portrayed an incomplete image. Despite enhancements in the transportation sector, the commuting public nonetheless discovered it an ordeal to get from one place to a different. This had been heightened by the pandemic and motion restrictions, together with a ban on public transport.

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey outcome launched last May confirmed that 42 % of Filipinos, who’re required to be bodily current at work, discovered commuting to be more durable today than earlier than.

The SWS survey outcome mentioned at the very least 44 % of staff stroll to their job websites or places of work.

Traffic Index of Netherlands-based know-how specialist TomTom mentioned motorists and commuters in Metro Manila have misplaced a median of 188 hours to hurry hour visitors in 2020 regardless of the pandemic.


Duterte SONA 2021: “Sorsogon… that’s the territory of our Vice President Leni Robredo. Are you here, Ma’am? Ah, Zoom.”

Clearly unsuitable. Robredo is from Camarines Sur, not Sorsogon province.


Duterte SONA 2021: “To further promote transparency and accountability in government, we also issued the order on Freedom of Information [that] opens up the records,  transactions, decisions and issuances of all government agencies.”

It’s an incomplete and inaccurate assertion. In July 2016, Duterte signed an govt order (EO) implementing freedom of information (FOI) in the govt department.

However, below the draft FOI guide, the assertion of property, liabilities and internet price (SALN) of presidency officers might not be launched except a number of circumstances had been met by these requesting for the information.

Duterte’s wealth from 2018 to 2020 stays unknown as the Office of the Ombudsman and Office of the President have but to launch his SALN.

In 2020, Duterte declared that he was not hiding any wealth from the public regardless of the non-release of his SALN.

The Office of the Ombudsman has additionally issued new tips on who can receive copies of presidency officers’ SALNS, limiting this to the official himself and officers conducting investigations.

According to Memo Circular No. 1 issued by Ombudsman Samuel Martires, an appointee of Duterte, SALNs could be launched solely when:

  • The official requested it
  • Ordered by a court docket
  • Allowed by the Ombudsman for a fact-finding investigation


Duterte SONA 2021: “What will I do with a document that is not binding to China because they were never a part of that arbitration? There was really no arbitration at all because it was only the Philippine side was heard. Well and good.”

Go to war with China over West PH Sea? It will be a ‘massacre’, says Duterte

It’s constant however incomplete. Last May, Duterte downplayed the victory of the Philippines over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague again in 2016 and known as it a “piece of paper” that he’ll “throw that away in the wastebasket.”


Duterte SONA 2021: “[S]a Davao noong mayor ako, ni minsan hindi ako tumatanggap maski Christmas gift.”

(When I used to be a mayor in Davao, I by no means obtained presents, even a Christmas present.)

Duterte: I never accepted gifts while in office

It’s an incomplete declaration. In May 2016, Duterte, who was then Davao City mayor and presidential candidate, admitted that he has obtained items from his pal Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

According to Duterte, Quiboloy would give him presents like actual property properties and vehicles.

“Every time Pastor buys something, he always gets two. One is mine, for sure,” Duterte mentioned. “He doesn’t have other friends. I mean, a friend he can really trust.”

However, Duterte clarified that he returned a Ford Expedition that Quiboloy as soon as gave him.

During the identical 12 months, former Senator Antonio Trillanes mentioned Duterte had at the very least P227 million—which he didn’t declare in his newest assertion of property, liabilities and internet price—in an account at the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) department on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City


Duterte SONA 2021: “They are cheating government by the billions in taxes. And they still want that frequency because ‘yan ang pinapag-awayan.”

Duterte eyes reassignment of ABS-CBN’s radio frequencies; again accuses firm of unpaid taxes

It’s an error-filled assertion. During this 12 months’s SONA, Duterte insisted that there’s nothing private in his anger towards ABS-CBN and the House of Representative’s denial of the community’s bid for a brand new franchise.

The media large, which has been off the air since May 2020, has unpaid taxes in line with Duterte.

However, in July 2020, an official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) testified at the House of Representatives saying ABS-CBN has been “regularly” paying taxes for the previous years.

Duterte’s sentiments had been a bit totally different than his assertion throughout his 2020 SONA when he claimed he was a “casualty” of the community.

While there have been obvious errors and inaccuracies in his last SONA, Duterte mentioned the measure of an excellent speech to the nation was that it comes from the coronary heart.

“That is how SONA should be—say everything you need to say—not really your qualms, but your misgivings somewhere there,” Duterte mentioned, pointing to his chest.

In that case, facts and accuracy are getting in the way.