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Duterte’s first SONA speech failed to Unify Filipinos – analysts

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
There are of course differences in opinions but President Rodrigo Duterte’s trying to connect with his usual political audience is the past failed to unify the majority into having that sense of nationalism. In fact, some were too embarrassed to listen through the whole speech as he keeps on repeating his threats towards people doing bad deeds to society. However, his usual crowd surely laughed at his joker-styled comments that failed to stress the point.

‘It’s a lost opportunity because speeches like these are a moment to unify the country, make clear the vision of governance,’ former Ateneo School of Government dean Tony La Viña said.

Former Ateneo School of Government dean Antonio La Viña identified 3 main highlights in Duterte’s speech: his reiteration of his war against drugs, the push for federalism, and promise of peace. But Duterte’s winding speech, La Viña added, made it difficult to follow his main points.

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug, meanwhile, said that the speech should’ve been adjusted to fit Duterte’s speaking style.

But political psychologist Cristina Montiel said that the ad-lib-filled speech showed that the tough-talking former mayor of Davao City cannot be packaged, and that he knew how to connect with the audience and speak in the language of the people, obviously because she is from Davao.

The President was also not clear as to where is he taking us 6 years from today?


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