DAVAO CITY - At one point in former President Benigno Aquino III's final State of the Nation Address (SONA) exactly one year ago, three of his possible successors -- Jejomar Binay, Grace Poe and Mar Roxas -- were flashed on a split-screen video.
Not knowing that they forgot to include then Davao City Mayor now President Rodrigo Duterte, who was just sitting on a monobloc chair at the People's Park in Davao City.
Duterte at that time was watching Aquino's last SONA with Davaoenos while he was on standby for a live interview on ANC.
The photo trended online as netizens said it was unexpected that the Mindanaoan candidate, who was reluctant to run for president at first, won by a big margin in the May 9 elections against presidential candidates who have long expressed their interest in the position.
In an interview last July 27, 2015, Duterte believed there was an economic boom during the Aquino administration. However, Aquino failed to show his capability to suppress criminality especially illegal drugs, said Duterte.
"I did not hear any concrete program about criminality. Corruption, maybe, but crime and criminality, especially drugs, should have reviewed more ang facts natin dito," he said.
Duterte had given Aquino a grade of 7 out of 10 for his performance from 2010 to 2015.
According to Duterte, he was dismayed that Aquino continued to blame and criticize the previous administration during his final SONA.
"Past is past. He should have focused on what to continue at the end of his term," he said.
During his first SONA on Monday, Duterte said "we cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back. Finger-pointing is not the way."
"That is why I will not waste precious time dwelling on the sins of the past or blaming those who are perceived to be responsible for the mess that we are in and suffering from," he added.
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