President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he
may use his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA) to defend the
legality of his verbal agreement with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping
that allows China to fish in the country's exclusive economic zone.
Duterte will make his fourth report to the nation before a joint session of Congress on July 22.
"'Yung sabi nila na unconstitutional, well, you wait. Maybe sa SONA, I
will educate people na 'yung ginawa ko, sabi ko you can fish. Tama
talaga ako. At hindi maging unconstitutional 'yan," he told reporters in
"By any stretch of imagination, hindi unconstitutional 'yung ginawa ko. As a matter of fact, it was in keeping with the law."
Critics alleged that Duterte may have committed an impeachable offense
over the fishing deal as they pointed out that only the Philippines has
the right to exploit resources in the country's waters including the
200-nautical mile EEZ.
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice
Antonio Carpio, a critic of Duterte's policy towards China, said last
week that the verbal agreement was a violation of the 1987 Constitution
and "so lopsided it should be rejected by the Philippine government."
"Any such verbal agreement, if confirmed by the Philippine government,
will bind the Philippines to allow the Chinese to fish in Reed Bank for
as long as China allows Filipinos to fish in Scarborough Shoal," Carpio
Scarborough Shoal is a rocky outcrop teeming with maritime
resources that is effectively under China's control but well within
Malacañang earlier belittled belittled threats to
impeach Duterte over his alleged failure to protect the country’s
interests in the West Philippine Sea.
Salvador Panelo said last Friday that the President was loyal to his
sworn oath under the Constitution of serving and protecting the Filipino
“There can be no culpable violation of the Constitution,
or any impeachable offense for that matter, when the President is
precisely enforcing that very same instrument while honoring our
country's constitutional obligation of observing amity with our
neighboring states in conformity with our treaties and international
conventions, as well as customary international law,” Panelo said.
Last month's ramming of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel off
Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea triggered discussion on
Philippine territory and its rights over the natural resources within
Reports said the findings of a joint inquiry by the
Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority showed the
Recto Bank incident was a "serious marine casualty."
Duterte conceded that what happened in Recto Bank was a "serious" one but he reiterated it was a "maritime incident."
"When you talk about marine transportation and all, it is a maritime
incident. And that is very small because nobody died," he said.
Asked if the Philippines will press China to hold its fishermen liable,
Duterte said: "We have our recommendations, we have our report. Then we
will wait for China to make its report. Then we can compare notes."
"And then kung sino ‘yung within a better position to assert justice, gawain nila ‘yan. Kung sila, magbayad sila," he added.
MANILA, Philippines — Public satisfaction
with President Duterte rose to a new record high in the second quarter
of the year, according to the latest poll conducted by the Social
Weather Stations (SWS).
The survey, taken from June 22 to 26, found 80 percent of adult
Filipinos satisfied and 12 percent dissatisfied with the performance of
Duterte, for a net satisfaction score of “very good” +68.
The remaining nine percent of 1,200 respondents were undecided with regard to the President’s performance.
Duterte’s latest net satisfaction score surpassed the previous record of +66, also very good, in March 2019 and June 2017.
The two-point increase in Duterte’s net satisfaction rating from
March 2019 to June 2019 was due to an increase in the rest of Luzon,
offset by declines in Mindanao, the Visayas and Metro Manila, the SWS
His net satisfaction rating stayed very good in balance Luzon, at a
new record high +65 (78 percent satisfied, 13 percent dissatisfied) in
June, up by nine points from +56 (73 percent satisfied, 17 percent
dissatisfied) in March. It also surpassed the previous record of very
good +60 in December 2016.
It stayed excellent in Mindanao, at +81 (88 percent satisfied, eight
percent dissatisfied), although down by seven points from the
record-high +88 (92 percent satisfied, five percent dissatisfied).
Duterte’s rating remained very good in the Visayas, at +66
(77 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) in June, although down
by three points from +69 (81 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied)
It also stayed very good in Metro Manila, at +59 (73 percent
satisfied, 14 percent dissatisfied) in June, despite dropping by two
points from +61 (76 percent satisfied, 14 percent dissatisfied) in
The SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings as +70 and above,
“excellent”; +50 to +69, “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29,
“moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”;
-50 to -69, “very bad”; -70 and below, “execrable.”
In urban areas, Duterte’s net satisfaction stayed very good, at +67
(79 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) in June 2019, up by five
points from +62 (77 percent satisfied, 14 percent dissatisfied) in
His net satisfaction in rural areas also remained very good, at +68
(80 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied) in June, although down
by one point from the record-high +69 (81 percent satisfied, 12 percent
dissatisfied) in March.
By socio-economic class, the President’s net satisfaction rating
stayed very good in class E, at a new record-high +68 (81 percent
satisfied, 13 percent dissatisfied) in June 2019, up by 10 points from
+58 (74 percent satisfied, 16 percent dissatisfied) in March 2019. This
surpassed the previous record of very good +67 in June 2017.
It was still very good in class D or the masa, maintaining the
record-high +68 in June (79 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied)
from March (80 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied).
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo
Duterte might use the State of the Nation Address this month, his
fourth, as an opportunity to "educate" Filipinos on the West Philippine
The president insisted that his previous statement that China would continue to trawl in the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) was not a violation of the constitution.
"'Yung sabi nila na unconstitutional... maybe sa SONA, I
will educate people na 'yung ginawa ko sabi ko 'You can fish'... Tama
talaga ako," Duterte told reporters Monday night.
What they are saying that it is
unconstitutional... maybe on my SONA I will educate people that wha I
said 'You (China) can fish (in the EEZ)'... I am right.)
Duterte stressed that his position on allowing Chinese fishing
vessels access to Philippine waters does not violate the 1987
Constitution, which mandates the government to protect marine wealth in
the country's waters and exclusive economic zone "and reserve its use
and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens."
The president said: "Hindi unconstitutional 'yung ginawa ko (What I
did was not unconstitutional). As a matter of fact, it was in keeping
with the law."
On the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel near
Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, Duterte said the incident was
The president earlier said it was a "little maritime
accident" while a leaked report from the Philippine Coast Guard and the
Maritime Industry Authority classified the allision as a "very serious
It is a serious (accident) but when you
talk about marine transportation... it is a maritime incident and that
is very small because nobody died," Duterte said.
Following the allision near Recto Bank last month, the president said
the Chinese would continue to fish within Philippine EEZ due to the
friendship between the two countries.
Critics were quick to point out that the president's pronouncements violate the constitution.
Citing the constitution, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice
Antonio Carpio said Duterte cannot allow China to fish within Philippine
waters as he is mandated to protect the country's marine wealth in its
Under Section 2, Article XII of the 1987 Constitution, "The State
shall protect the nation's marine wealth in its archipelagic waters,
territorial sea, and exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and
enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens."
In response, Duterte called Carpio stupid.
Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario also said Duterte's position on the matter could be a basis for impeachment.
"This will no doubt emboldern the fishermen, or if they are at all
fishermen, under the militia strategy that they are using because they
were acting like bullies before this was declared by the president," Del
Rosario told ANC last month.
IN: President Duterte’s public satisfaction rating reaches a new
record-high, “very good” +68 in the latest Social Weather Stations
Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg
Philippines has been ranked 24th best place to live and work, just behind the US, which ranked 23rd, and ahead of China, which ranked 26th.
That’s according to the 2019 HSBC Expat’s annual survey,
which is based on responses from more than 18,000 expats across 163
markets on three metrics: living, career opportunity, and family life.
The Philippines jumped up the rankings from 26th place last year.
That may come as a surprise to some for a couple of reasons. One of
them is that the Philippines has a reputation for sending its own people
overseas in droves rather than attracting foreigners who want to live
and work there.
The other reason is that the country is mired in violence, which has taken a huge human toll.
Apparently, that isn’t what foreign expats are concerned about. They
find it easy to relocate to a country of friendly people and a
reasonable cost of living. “With its tropical climate and steadily
growing economy, the Philippines is quickly becoming one of the most
popular expat destinations in Southeast Asia, “ says the report.
Indeed, the Philippines economy has been booming in recent years. The
Philippines’ per-capita GDP was last recorded at an all-time high of
3,063 U.S. dollars in 2018, according to Tradingeconomics.com. And it’s expected to reach $3,277 by 2020. That’s well above the average of $1,653.98 for the period 1960-2018.
Filipinos are doing better in recent years when per-capita GDP is
adjusted by purchasing power parity (PPP). That measure, too, reached a
record 7,599.19 U.S. dollars in 2018, well above the average of $4969.71
for the period 1990-2018.
Source: Tradingeconomics.com 7/5/2019
Meanwhile, a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study places
the Philippines among the few emerging market economies that are
well-prepared to achieve sustained growth over the next decade.
That's thanks to a rise in gross fixed-capital formation (investment).
Still, the Philippines’ per-capita GDP is equivalent to 23% of the world's average, which makes Filipinos poor.
Meanwhile, the results of the expats survey should be interpreted
with extreme caution. People surveyed are usually more affluent and
better educated than the average immigrant, and they are on short
assignments. This means that an overseas assignment may be seen as an
And the Philippines is a good place for that, better than China, as other surveys confirm.
Naging tampok sa ikatlong State of the Nation Address (SONA) ni
Pangulong Duterte nitong Lunes ang kanyang kampanya kontra droga, ang
kahalagahan ng pagsugpo sa kriminalidad at katiwalian, ang batas para sa
rehiyon ng Bangsamoro, at ang importansiya ng kapaligiran at ng West
Gaya ng ipinangako ng Malacañang, maikli lang ang talumpati ng
pangulo, at ito ay tumagal lang ng halos 50 minuto kumpara sa 120 minuto
noong nakaraang SONA.
Narito ang mga isyung tinalakay ni Duterte sa kaniyang talumpati:
Hindi natuloy ang ipinangako ng Malacañang na pagpirma sa Bangsamoro
Organic Law dahil nabigo ang House of Representatives na ratipikahin ang
Naratipika naman ng Senado ang naturang panukala ilang oras bago ang SONA.
Ayon sa pangulo, sa oras na maratipika ng Kongreso ang panukala ay pipirmahan niya ito sa loob ng 48 oras.
Nangako rin si Duterte ng mas malaking pondo para sa Mindanao.
KAMPANYA KONTRA DROGA, KRIMINALIDAD, KATIWALIAN
Sinabi rin ni Duterte na magpapatuloy ang kampanya ng kaniyang administrasyon kontra droga.
"The war against illegal drugs will not be sidelined. Instead, it
will be as relentless as chilling, if you will, as the day it began,"
sabi ni Duterte sa talumpati.
Nagbabala naman siya sa mga kaalyado sa gobyerno na huwag sirain ang kanilang pagkakaibigan dahil sa katiwalian.
WEST PHILIPPINE SEA
Nanindigan din ang pangulo na patuloy niyang ipaglalaban ang mga
interes ng bansa sa West Philippine Sea, kahit pa bumubuo siya ng
magandang relasyon sa Tsina.
"Our improved relationship with China does not mean we will waver to defend our interest in the West Philippine Sea," aniya.
BABALA SA MINING COMPANIES
Nagbabala din ang pangulo sa malalaking mining companies na huwag sirain ang kalikasan.
"To the mining industry, I say this once again and maybe for the last
time, do not destroy the environment or compromise our resources.
Repair what you have mismanaged," aniya.
Parating na umano ang mas mahigpit na patakaran gaya ng pagbabawal sa open pit mining.
Sinabihan din niya ang mga pamahalaang lokal na huwag nang hintayin
ang national government na ipatupad ang batas para sa mga mining
EASE OF DOING BUSINESS
Pinasalamatan din ni Duterte ang Kongreso sa pag-apruba sa mga batas
tulad ng Ease of Doing Business Act, na layong pabilisin ang mga
transaksiyon sa mga ahensiya ng gobyerno.
Hinimok ng pangulo ang mga pamahalaang lokal sa pagpapatupad nito.
"I hereby direct all government units, makinig sana kayo, to
faithfully implement this law and simplify the process," ani Duterte.
MGA ITINUTULAK NA BATAS
Hinimok ng Pangulo ang Kongreso na ipasa ang ilan sa mga legislative
priority tulad ng isang batas na titigil sa kontraktuwalisasyon, sa
kabila ng isang executive order na nagbabawal sa mga ilegal na contractual practice.
Nais din niyang mapasa ang National Land Use Act para mapigilan ang pag-abuso gaya ng nangyari sa Boracay.
Hinikayat din ng pangulo ang pagpasa ng batas na bubuo sa isang
kagawarang pagtutuunan ng pansin ang pangangasiwa sa mga kalamidad.
"We need a truly empowered department characterized by a unity of
command, science-based approach and full-time focus on natural hazards
and disasters," aniya.
Nanindigan din ang pangulo na patuloy ang pagpapatupad ng Tax Reform
for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) sa kabila ng "iresponsableng"
pagsisi rito sa pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin.
"Some have incorrectly blamed our efforts toward a fairer tax system
for all the price increases in the past months, and some irresponsibly
suggesting to stop TRAIN’s implementation," sabi ni Duterte.
"We cannot and should not. We need this for sustainable growth that leaves no Filipino left behind," dagdag niya.
Ipinangako naman ng pangulo na isusulong niya ngayong taon ang
ikalawang package ng TRAIN Law na bababaan ang corporate income tax ng
mga maliliit na negosyo.
Pinsalamatan din ni Duterte sina dating Chief Justice Reynato Puno,
dating Senador Aquilino Pimentel Jr., at ang mga miyembro ng
consultative committee na bumuo sa draft federal constitution.
Ipinahayag niya ang kaniyang kumpiyansang maraming Pilipino ang
susuporta sa isinusulong ng kaniyang administrasyon na pagbabago sa
porma ng gobyerno.
Sa huling bahagi ng kaniyang talumpati, muling iginiit ni Duterte na
wala siyang balak manungkulan nang higit sa isinasaad ng kasalukuyang
Konstitusyon o ng kung ano pa mang konstitusyon.
Hindi na idinetalye ng pangulo ang ilan pang mga nagawa ng kaniyang
administrasyon pero ipamamahagi na lang ang written version nito sa mga
susunod na araw.