Five months ago I intended to write “The Church is doing its part” to combat the escalating extrajudicial killings. I kept a list of Church statements and initiatives including an early item on a wear-black Mass at San Marcelino Church to coincide with President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address. I clipped statements by Archbishops Villegas, Lagdameo and Cruz, Cardinal Tagle, and Father Villarin, SJ, as well as Church offers for drug rehab and a “Holy Eucharist” at Liwasang Bonifacio by the National Clergy Discernment Group.
The Muntinlupa City government expects around 1,300 residents to lose their sources of income due to the impending demolition of illegal fish pens on Laguna de Bay, which was ordered by President Duterte in his recent State of the Nation Address (Sona).
The new administration’s priority policy to forge a peace agreement with communist rebels is not only sound; it is long overdue. It is unfortunate, then, that last weekend the prenegotiations reached an impasse, and the two men most responsible for the new rapprochement exchanged words and acted on impulse.
Barely two weeks after his inauguration on June 29, ominous signs have appeared, indicating that the popularity that fueled President Duterte’s landslide victory in last May’s elections is flagging and eroding.
THE INTERWEB is all abuzz: Fellow filmmakers have been debating the “worm’s-eye view” shots used by Brillante Ma. Mendoza, in directing President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) last week.
IT’S BEEN exactly a week since President Duterte’s very first State of the Nation Address (Sona). Have we, as citizens, done our homework so far in helping make change happen?
MALACAÑANG’S directive to “downplay” President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) in a memo asking guests “not to wear long gowns” as “it will not be a fashion show” was met with approval by a nation that has largely been turned off by the display of pomp and bling at the annual speech of the Chief Executive.
IT IS hot and humid in Atlanta. But it’s always cool and comfy in my sister’s house. Outside it’s another story. There have been warnings issued for pets, babies and the elderly (in that order) to stay indoors.
YOUR mantra for the week: “I pray, therefore, I prosper.”
In the first half hour of last Monday’s State of the Nation Address, President Duterte’s voice was nowhere to be found. The man at the podium was struggling not just to read the text on the teleprompter, but also to own it.