Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue Sheds Some Light On President Duterte’s SONA: He Stood Up For Us

Days before the State Of The Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte, news reports came out concerning the downhill of the Filipino’s trust rating to the President. During SONA, rallyists from different various sectors gather and made their own United People’s SONA, however, Duterte’s supporters made one too.

Atty. Sigue

A Law Professor, Jocelle Batapa Sigue sheds some light on how people should see efforts of the President today and in the past years. Striking the people who mostly claims that Duterte has not done anything good for the country since 2016, the professor enlists how productive the president is.

Atty. Jocelle Sigue/Facebook

The President Stood For Us

What seems like as an open letter addressed to the public, Atty. Sigue started how the president stood for everyone or the general public in order to attain a life well lived and a brighter future.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018

Basically, the Professor explains and enumerates how Duterte aims for a long-term goal not for his own interests, but to Filipinos.

Jocelle Sigue started her post with how the president made himself a target of businessmen, as described as dangerous men, as they have a greater impact in running the government.

The President stood for everyone as he warns businessmen doing drugs, bad services of TELCOS, mining industries, taking the fight against endo, hospitals, and tertiary schools.

As the professor explains, Duterte made a warning to businesses in the mining industry to clean up their mess and not wait for the government to stoop low on them. Today, the poor are now capable to study in tertiary schools due to free education for everyone.

Duterte made an immediate command to the legislators to pass the health care bill, giving opportunities for the poor to get health services even without a penny.

Moreover, the President stood up for everyone when he took the fight against the corrupt officials, red tape, bribery, fixers, in all departments of the government. He then takes a stand against the people who keep the federalism out and maintains the unitary government for their own interests, in terms of political dynasties and political clans.

In addition to that, Rodrigo Duterte cut off the tax of the basic wage earners, rather impose a tax on vices.

Duterte’s Enemies

Today, as Sigue says, after SONA, enemies of the President will add up as he keeps standing for the Filipinos. We may not yet see a result today, however, we will all gain on this in the future.

Atty. Jocelle Sigue is a federalist and suggests that it is time for a transition. Just like the President, and how she sees the viewpoints of the latter, it will be beneficial for the Filipinos in the future.

Read her post here:

The President stood there today saying more powerful and hardhitting words than expletives. More than anything else – HE STOOD THERE FOR US AGAINST POWERFUL SECTORS which Business INVOLVE MILLIONS and BILLIONS – Making himself VULNERABLE and a MOVING TARGET for PEOPLE who ONLY CARE ABOUT THEIR OWN INTERESTS –

He stood there for US against ILLEGAL LABOR CONTRACTORS by saying ENDO must stop
He stood there for US against the biggest TRIADS of CHINA (he actually named one) and others who no longer deal with drugs by the MILLION but by the BILLIONS (and has a very organized network of delivery system via “tingi” which he find unbelievable to have reach the provinces (Oh yeah, Mr President, heard about these drugs being inserted in siopao or movie theaters as bagsakans and public officials as distributors?)

He stood up for us against the TELCO Doupoly whose assets are huge, it will be hard to stand against them especially when you have politicians approving the third TELCO process but needing campaign funds

He stood up against rice cartels, hoarders and protectors which is tantamount to as he calls “economic sabotage”. I can just imagine the huge capital of these syndicates.

He stood up against the all powerful mining industry, companies exploiting our aquatic and mineral resources and watershed protected areas and told them to clean up their mess

He stood up against IMPERIAL MANILA for the sake of Mindanao and cities who have not been benefited by the 1987 Consitution which over centralized the sharing of power and taxes in the national government

He stood there for the ones he call as his Muslim Brothers and uphold the Bangsamoro Law, citing there are many criticsms against it but he wants to take the Road to Peace rather than the Road to War, learning he said from the Marawi experience.

He stood up against big multi-national companies who do not wish to see the MSMEs or small businesses have equal chances to compete with them by giving more incentives to MSMEs
He stood for the middle class who can only earn a few thousands every month and say they can keep more savings because they will be exempt from income tax but for those whose luxury extend to so many vices – taxes will be up

He stood up for ordinary coconut farmers and the agriculture industry, for families needing subsidy, improvement of tertiatry education, despite the rigid educational system that has become a business
He stood there for us against unscrupulous medical centers and hospitals who suck the blood out of even poor people by immediately ordering the passage of the universal healthcare law

He stood there for us against fixers, corrupt and incompetent agencies who continously milk ordinary citizens and businesses as a result of inefficient and slow transactions systems by warning them about the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Law

He stood for everyone who had continously propagated a unitary system of government and never gave fedralism a chance so that cities can forge their own future.

By openly endorsing the ConCom Constitution Draft, he also openly declared war again politicians who favor dynasty and political clans who do not wish to see each region vote for two senators each. These clans are powerful. They can crush the president anytime.

I am sharing this because I am sure the PRESIDENT will have “millions” of ENEMIES starting tonight and BILLIONS worth of possibilities to really end up failing as he said in his conclusion. His mouth is really going to cause him more trouble this time.

He just tripled his number of enemies today. And I am sure these sectors can afford to pay experts to further put him in bad light. I learned early in life (well in a movie) that the most dangerous men in the world are not politicians, but businessmen. Especially businessmen with political interests.
We can all hate this old guy all we want for his lack of refinement, his biases, his inconsistencies, his craziness, his senility – but today, he stood up for us.

Who is going to shield him from these high powered “bullets” of business interests?

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