MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo said on Tuesday that she hopes President Rodrigo Duterte’s last address to the nations (SONA) will be complete as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I expect the President to be very honest about the current state of the nation, as we are in the middle of a pandemic and we want to hear all the good things we hope for,” he told ANC.
It would be helpful if the President would be “very honest” about the real situation in the Philippines regarding the COVID-19 crisis and the government’s plans for it, Robredo said.
“The stress comes from not knowing where we are or what we hope to expect in the coming months,” he said.
Duterte was criticized for his 2020 SONA for failing to detail his plans against COVID-19 in the Philippines as the number of cases continued to rise in the country.
Instead of detailing his strategy for limiting the spread of the deadly pathogen, he then shouted “oligarchs,” referring to the owners of ABS-CBN Corp. , days before his SONA.
However, Robredo hopes that Duterte’s latest SONA will be different.
“I do not know if optimism would be the right term, but I hope it was,” he said.
Human rights defenders on Monday gave Duterte a failed signal of his nearly six-year leadership as he urged the public to hold him accountable for alleged human rights abuses during his tenure.
In defense of the Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDefend) and the Philippine Alliance for Human Rights (PAHRA), Dutert was accused of committing human rights abuses against working women and children.
They plan to hold a protest during Duterte’s last SONA on July 26.
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