Category Archives: State of the Nation Address

COMMENTARY: Effecting change cannot be a just an election promise

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/11 August) — The population of the Philippines by 2020 will be 110 million. More critically, the school age population (0-19 years old) of the country will be around 44 million. By 2045, the same demographic will be around 41 million. This means that Filipinos who are currently in elementary and high school […]

House leader eyes dev’t body for Davao Gulf

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/16 June) – House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will file next month a bill establishing the Davao Gulf Metropolitan Development Authority (DGMDA) that will “change the picture of Davao Region.” The House of Representatives will resume session on July 24, after going into a 52-day sine die adjournment last June 2, with President Rodrigo R. Duterte […]

Pagdaro sa Kalinaw: The Dark Knight Rises – Batman Duterte and Robin “Bato” Probinsyano Save The Day (A reflection on the 2016 SONA)

[A previous version of this article first appeared as “Bayanihan Justice (Part 2): Bangon! Killing kids (and adults) in Davao didn’t stop crime” in Jeremy Simons Pagdaro sa Kalinaw blog at] In president Duterte’s state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday, he painted a picture of the resilient Filipino, facing the darkness of […]

War on drugs highlights Duterte’s first SONA

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 July) — The campaign against illegal drugs ate up a substantial portion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address on Monday. Duterte, whose speech lasted 93 minutes and resorted to ad libs several times, echoed the promise he made during his inauguration that “the fight against criminality and illegal […]