By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
As President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday afternoon at the Batasang Pambansa, the top politicians in Negros Occidental gave an above passing rate to Duterte’s six-year term.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson gave Duterte’s performance a grade of “8” pointing out it is indeed difficult to address the problems brought by the pandemic, especially on the country’s economy.
Lacson recalled that 2019 under Duterte’s presidency had been a good year for the country, but the gains the country had made was affected due to the worldwide pandemic.
Cadiz City Mayor and United Negros Alliance (UNegA) secretary-general Salvador Escalante Jr., meanwhile, hoped Duterte would tone down his profane language.
“Last time daw mga 37 to ka pamuyayaw (Last time, I counted 37 profane language),” Escalante said.
He gave Duterte a grade of “7 and a half,” although he pointed out that this is “abnormal times” and it would be very difficult to compare him to past presidents.
Escalante also praised some of Duterte’s works such as providing free COVID-19 vaccines, and providing 13th month ERA for the local government units.
Former 3rd District Congressman Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, meanwhile, also gave Duterte a grading of “7 or 8.”
“Damo man sia achievements (He has a lot of achievements),” Benitez said.
He recalled some of Duterte’s achievements such as the Universal Healthcare Program and Free Tertiary Education.
“Those are landmark achievements that give benefits to the people,” he added./DGB, WDJ