Dear Rappler reader,
Today, July 24, President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address (SONA).
He is expected to say that Filipinos are in a good place, the country is in good shape. To some extent, this is true. The President, based on our SONA 2017 promise tracker, has made an effort to meet his promises last year on his 3 key agenda: prosperity for all, law and order, and peace.
Our #AnimatED this week, however, draws attention to the other state of the nation. These are the cries for help that only the indifferent and the detached have not heard: the extended martial law in Mindanao; the war against drugs which has broken the poor and but not the pipeline and the network that fuels and facilitates the illegal drug trade; and the failed peace talks.
We ask you to keep these matters in mind as you make your own assessment of the real state of our nation.
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