On Duterte’s 4th SONA, Hontiveros wishes end to EJK, Cha-Cha

Aika Rey
On Duterte’s 4th SONA, Hontiveros wishes end to EJK, Cha-Cha
Senator Risa Hontiveros also wishes that the President would release detained Senator Leila de Lima and stop the harassment cases against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

MANILA, Philippines – At the upcoming State of the Nation Address, Senator Risa Hontiveros wishes President Rodrigo Duterte would announce the end of the campaign against illegal drugs and charter change.

At the weekly Kapihan with Senate reporters, Hontiveros on Wednesday, July 10, was asked what would she want to hear from the President on his 4th SONA.

“Wish ko na sabihin ni Presidente na matitigil na ang war on drugs, para isang immediate na resulta ay matigil na ang mga extrajudicial killings,” Hontiveros said.

(I wish the President would announce the end to the war on drugs, so the immediate result is a stop to extrajudicial killings.)

Wishful thinking? The opposition senator also hoped that Duterte would back down from pushing for a change in the 1987 Constitution, after he brought the talk back to the table when he endorsed Taguig-Representative Alan Peter Cayetano’s House speakership bid.

She also also wished that the President would change tune and “champion” the Philippines’ victory at the Hague over the West Philippine Sea against China.

“[Na] ichachampion na niya at itataguyod na niya yung tagumpay natin vis-a-vis China sa West Philippine Sea, simula sa pagsulong niya ng hustisya para sa mga kababayan natin sa F/B Gem-Ver 1,” Hontiveros said.

(That he will champion and push for the implementation of our victory against China at the West Philippine Sea, starting by pushing for justice for our fellow Filipino fishermen who were part of F/B Gem-Ver 1.)

Lastly, Hontiveros wants the President to release detained Senator Leila de Lima, and issue a cease-and-desist order on the harrasment cases against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa:

“Bilang tanda ng paghupa ng atake niya sa mga kababaihan, at mga kababaihang lider, lalo na yung mga nagbibigay ng kritisismo sa kanyang gobyerno,” she said.

(As a mark that attacks against women and women leaders have slowed down, especially those who are critical against his government.)

After laying out her list of wishes at Duterte’s SONA, Hontiveros said: “Pero after that, magigising na ako,” (But after that, I will wake up.)

Duterte is set to hold his 4th SONA on July 22, the same day of opening of the 18th Congress. – Rappler.com

For highlights of President Duterte’s 4th SONA, check out our live blog.

For related stories, visit Rappler’s 2019 State of the Nation Address page. 

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.