Filipino Freethinkers demands a shift in the president's priorities. The State of the Nation Address (SONA) should have been about our country's most pressing issues, particularly, the COVID-19 response, prioritizing citizens' welfare. Instead, Duterte seems to think the SONA is a pulpit for baseless grandstanding, patent misinformation, and petty politicking, replacing public concern with personal vendettas.
A few days ago, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. announced that President Duterte’s physical health is at 88%. This statement follows public concerns and questions about the president’s health whenever he appears frail in public gatherings.
What’s so wrong about this simple statement?
Progressives have been playing identity politics for much of the past ten years, and it has finally blown up in our faces. We forgot that the ruling class can also play identity politics, and play it they did.