2nd SONA was 'vintage Duterte': analyst


Posted at Jul 25 2017 04:09 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte may have come to grips with the harsh realities of being the country's most powerful official, according to a political analyst.

Ramon Casiple, Executive Director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said the President's profanities during the second State of the Nation Address could be a reflection of his frustrations. He said the 2nd SONA was "vintage Duterte."

"He has come to grips with the realities and difficulties of a presidency. He is frustrated with people, the way things are being done, the people around him, talking to him," he told ANC on Tuesday.

The analyst lauded Duterte for trying to broaden his subject matter in the two-hour speech, going beyond the issue of illegal drugs and extrajudicial killings. 

What surprised Casiple the most was the President's comments on the mining industry. 

"I think he is also interested in economic side of mining," he said. 

He noted Duterte talking at length about mining is a signal for both pro- and anti-mining groups to come to an agreement.

The political analyst also noted that the issue on the West Philippine Sea, Federalism, and even the Bangsamoro Basic Law was not thoroughly discussed. This, he said, could be because the President is preoccupied with the Marawi siege and the implementation of martial law in Mindanao, which has been criticized by progressive groups.