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What people would welcome most in SONA

There is so much President Duterte wants and needs to say when he delivers his second State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) today before a joint session of the Congress of the Philippines.

FORMER Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. filed on June 29 an election protest with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) against Vice President Leni Robredo, disputing her victory in the May 9, 2016, election. Last July 12, the PET – which is composed of all 15 justices of the Supreme Court – directed Robredo to answer the protest.

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There was something reassuring in the photo of five Philippine presidents – new President Duterte and former Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Benigno S. Aquino III –at the meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) in Malacanang last Wednesday.

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For the first six months of the Duterte administration – July to December, 2016 – the national government will be operating under the 2016 National Budget presented by the Aquino administration and approved by Congress. There is not much the new administration can do about funding for its programs and projects this year.

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