Duterte should acknowledge shortcomings in COVID-19 efforts in SONA 2020 — IBON

Monday, July 27th, 2020. Filed under: News Philippine News

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte should acknowledge the government’s shortcomings in addressing the coronavirus pandemic in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA), research group IBON Foundation said Sunday.

According to IBON Foundation executive director Sonny Africa, Duterte should recognize the weaknesses of the administration and ensure that steps are being taken to address them.

“Tingin namin ang pinakamahalaga ngayon, diba sa gitna ng pinakamatinding krisis sa kalusugan at sa ekonomiya sa kasaysayan ng bansa, parang hopeful tayo na mahanapan ng solusyon ‘yung problema na magmumula doon sa pag-amin na kinapos ‘yung pagresponde nitong nakaraang anmin na buwan kaya iwawasto ‘yun,” he said.

“Ang wish namin, aminin ‘yung kahinaan sa pagre-responde tapos ‘yung pagwawasto sa kanya, parang bukas na ‘yung pagkakataon niya para iwasto at ayusin ‘yung mga pinaggagagawa nitong mga nakaraang buwan,” he added.

Duterte is scheduled to deliver his fifth SONA on Monday, which will reportedly be live at the Batasang Pambansa.

The backdrop to his address will be the continuous increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, which has yet to flatten to curve.

As of Sunday, July 26, the Philippines has recorded 80,448 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This includes 26,110 recoveries and 1,932 deaths.

In the same interview, Africa noted that Duterte should step up and focus on issues the country is facing, and do away with snide remarks that he has done in the past.

“Hindi na ito ‘yung pahaon na makipag-away. Actually, ‘yun ang tingin naming nagiging bara sa pagre-responde natin, sa halip na ituring ng Presidente na lahat naman ng Pilipino gusto resolbahin ‘yung problema,” he said.

Duterte’s latest SONA will come as the Philippines also faces record unemployment and economic contractions rates.

“‘Yun ang harapin natin at hindi mahaharap ‘yun kung aawayin mo ‘yung lahat diba, parang ang laki ng problema eh, so sa halip na watak watak at i-divide mo ‘yung mamamayan na ‘Ito kaaway ‘to, ito pasaway ‘to, ito kritiko lang ‘to,’ kung magbigay siya ng leadership na sabihin ‘Okay, lahat tayo ay nasa parehong bangka, lumulubog siya, pagtulungan natin ‘to,” said Africa.

“Tingin namin ‘yung ganong klaseng orientation mas magiging productive at mas mareresolba natin ‘yung mga problema natin, pero ngayon kasi ang nakakalungkot ‘yung mga pagbatikos ay parang isinasantabi lang na parang opisyson kasi,” he added.  (MNS)

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