10 Notable Lines From Duterte's 2017 State of the Nation Address

"I was always absent."


(SPOT.ph) President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address in 2016 was memorable for his one-liners and off-script remarks. Who can forget his plea "let us not hate each other too much" and his promise that "this will be a clean government"?


For the July 24, 2017 address at the Batasang Pambansa, the Palace revealed that the president's speech would "be frank, challenging, realistic but hopeful" to reflect the theme of "A Comfortable Life for All."


And frank it was. It lasted for over two hours and had plenty of interesting points. Here's a quick look at some of them:


“When I was a member of the Congress, I was always absent.”

Before he started, Pres. Duterte pointed to the seat he was assigned as the 11th Congress' Davao City Representative. He quipped that he would always skip not only the State of the Nation Address but also Congress' various meetings and bill deliberations. The current assembly found this funny.


“I have resolved that no matter how long it takes, the fight against illegal drugs will continue.”

More than 7,000 people have allegedly died due to Pres. Duterte's war against drugs in one year in office. The Philippine Daily Inquirer's last update of the list stopped at 2,127 in February 16 after the Philippine National Place stopped issuing drug-related statistics. He continued that "the fight will be unremitting as it will be unrelenting...The fight will not stop."


“I value human life the way I value mine.”

He later said that he doesn’t intend to end his term prematurely and quipped: “As a matter of fact, mas gusto kong barilin na lang ako sa likod.” It was all punctuated with colorful curse words, of course.



“We shall put a stop to the extraction and exportation of mineral resources to foreign nations.”

“Ours is a rich country,” he said, but it’s not only through sightseeing that we can appreciate it. He called on investors to put up manufacturing factories to convert our raw materials into finished products.


Sasakit ang mata ko diyan sa yawa na 'yan.”

Going off-script, he explained how mining destroys forests, rivers, and other resources. He threatened to raise taxes for mining companies if they don’t come up with ways to “compensate to restore virginity of the natural resources.”


"Dalawang pamilya pa ang maghahati. Ano'ng masama diyan? Palakpak kayo diyan. Lahat naman tayo."

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The President explained that he only gets a salary as a president and does "not accept any allowance." His income, he emphasized, is the only means he has to raise not one, but two families. Cue nervous laughter from the audience at the comment, "lahat naman tayo."


"God, 'wag ngayon ha. Nandito ako. Hintayin mo na lang pag sila lang."

Perhaps because of the recent Metro-wide earthquake drill, the President talked about the "Big One," a magnitude 7.2 earthquake predicted to be generated by the West Valley Fault. He is "directing the institutions concerned to directly work on disaster preparedness."


“Capital punishment is not only about deterrence, but also about retribution.”

"Instilling fear," Pres. Duterte said, could stop criminals from committing the same crimes. He cited, as an example, a rapist who went in and out of prison only to do the same thing over and over again. 



“Take no prisoners. Just kill them.”

Clarifying his instructions to soldiers in Marawi—because the media, he said, would always take it out of context—the President pointed out that his orders are for soldiers to "shoot them in the heart and head" if they have to fight the Mautes because, otherwise, "they will be detained here in Marawi. Wala tayong presuhan." To the insurgents, he said: “Kainin ninyo pati 'yong dumi ninyo diyan.”


Ikaw, Sison, tang...mag-inom ka ng Tang, 'yong orange.”

The administration suspended peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army in May 2017. “Wala kayong makuha diyan, sa mga komunista,” he continued. Speaking to reporters in Davao City on July 21, Pres. Duterte said that "they have decided to stop talking. I’ve decided to just abandon the talks." This came after Jose Maria Sison said that they should end talking peace with the government because of its "obsession with martial law and mass murder." 


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