Remember What President Duterte Said at His First State of The Nation Address?

One year later and a few hours before his next, look back at our president’s 2016 SONA.

Hours ahead of President Duterte's second State of The Nation Address, here are some of the most memorable quotes from his first.

We cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back.

I heard the people on the streets complain that justice had become illusory; that equity and fairness and speedy disposition of cases had deteriorated into hollow concepts fit only for masteral dissertations.

I was determined then as I am now determined, and better positioned, to wage war against those who make a mockery of our laws, including those who make life for us all miserable.

We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars—or below the ground, if they so wish.

To our police officers and other officials: Do your job and you will have the unwavering support of the Office of the President. I will be with you all the way. Abuse your authority, and there will be a hell to pay, for you will have become worse than criminality itself.

Human rights must work to uplift human dignity. But human rights cannot be used as a shield or an excuse to destroy the country.

All of us want peace. Not the peace of the dead, but the peace of the living.

What I see instead are the widows and the orphans. And I feel their pain and grief. And no amount of cash assistance or the number of medals can compensate the loss of a human life.


If we cannot, as yet, love one another, then in God’s name, let us not hate each other too much.

Many in government opine realistically, and I would have to agree, that the worsening traffic situation could be logically addressed, if Congress would also accord emergency powers to the agencies concerned. Ayaw mo? Okay lang rin. Para makita namin kung gusto ninyong madalian. Alam naman talaga ninyo sagad na lahat, sagad na. Nasa inyo ‘yan. If you give it, fine. If you don’t, we take the longer route, slowly. And tanggapin ko ‘yung pag-mumura ninyo—'wag lang sa malapit.

There’s no one apparatus for a commander-in-chief down. You can have a president you can elect. Maybe Tito Sotto would be the lucky guy at that time.

Ito na 'yung warning ko, 'yun na ang last, wala nang iba, hindi ko na gagawin: 'Wag ninyong sirain 'yung mga bagay-bagay na ginagawa namin para sa kapakanan ng tao. Mabuti ang magka-intindihan tayo.

Kayo namang hindi pa bungog diyan, hindi pa pumasok 'yang mga droga: Eh kung ayaw ninyong mamatay, ayaw ninyong masaktan, 'wag kayong umasa diyan sa mga pari pati human rights. Hindi nakakapigil 'yan ng kamatayan. So huwag ninyong gawin... Eh tapos nandiyan ka nakabulagta and you are portrayed in a broadsheet na parang Mother Mary cradling the dead cadaver of Jesus Christ. Eh 'yan 'yang mga 'yan, magda-dramahan tayo dito.

Nasaan 'yung mga nakikita ng media na... Kayo lang ang naba-brand niyan na "drug lord" eh. Those are not the drug lords. Mga lieutenant, delivery boy 'yan. [ . . . ] 'Wag kayong maghahanap. Gusto niyo, sabihin niyo, puntahan natin. I’ll give you the names. I’ll show you the intelligence paper. Pero give me the guarantee na may magawain ka. Because I’ll give you the name, I’ll give you the country, kung wala ka ring magagawa, mag-shut up ka.

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Gina is just doing her job. You know, she’s a really a crusader. That is how I describe her persona: Crusader.

This government does not condone violence and repression of media. [ . . . ] The bona fide media has always been our partner for change. Medyo klaro 'yan. Anong gawin mo sa hindi bona fide media? Iyan ang problema.

Kung mag-tawag 'yan ng 8888, my God, puntahan ko talaga kayo. 'Yan ang bisyo ko noong mayor ako. It will not make a difference, mayor o presidente. Puntahan talaga kita, hiyain kita sa maraming tao. And I would publicly ask you: “What the hell happened to the procedure?” Pupuntahan ko talaga kayo. Local, barangay, pulis, military, lahat.

Ipag-paano mo lang 'yung Tagalog ko kasi... Eh kayo hindi kayo marunong mag-Bisaya eh 'di...

Wi-Fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports. O ‘di ba? Happy lahat.

It could take the entire resources of this government to fight this war.

How can I solve the problem now by arresting? Hinahanap... Matagal na akong Presidente. Gusto kong patayin. Ang problema pupunta pa ako doon, and I'll ask the permission from this country that I will go because I have to slaughter these idiots who are destroying my country.

It’s a free for all enterprise for the criminals at this time. Sabi ko sa military, kapag nakita ninyo, pasabugin mo na. Maski nag-surrender 'yan, may white, white flag. Pang-giyera lang 'yan, hindi 'yan pang-kriminal. Pasabugin mo. Show no mercy to them because they're not doing any mercy to us anyway.


"We should not despair. Like someone wrote: It is when the night is darkest, that dawn breaks."

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