On July 25, 2016, President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address during the opening of the 17th Congress at the House of Representatives in Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City. In his one-and-a-half-hour speech, he reiterated his administration’s commitment to win the war against illegal drug trade, criminality, and corruption. He also tackled issues such as climate change, poverty, and peace process. Here are key quotes from his speech: Continue reading “Key quotes from Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address”
Below are the Asian Development Bank’s GDP growth projections for Southeast Asian countries. The Philippines is poised to expand faster than regional averages in the next two years, according to ADB, even as forecasts were clipped in the face of a “highly uncertain” external environment that weighed on prospects across the region. Read the full story.