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President Duterte's second State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 24, was billed as a speech that will outline a "comfortable life for all." Instead, it became a long and winding off-script talk from the Chief Executive – interspersed with curses, a number of false claims, and public criticisms, leaving out a lot of important policies and details.
The proposed 2018 national budget is also out, submitted by the President to Congress right after his SONA, and his centerpiece "Build, Build, Build" program gets the biggest chunk of the pie.
'Build, build, build' gets a third of proposed 2018 national budget
President Rodrigo Duterte submitted the P3.77-trillion proposed 2018 national budget to Congress after delivering his second State of the Nation Address. The proposed 2018 programmed expenditures is 12.4% higher than last year. It represents 21.6% of the projected gross domestic product (GDP) for 2018.
FULL TEXT: President Duterte's State of the Nation Address 2017
Read the wide range of policy issues that President Rodrigo Duterte covers in both his prepared speech and his off-script comments.
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