Most of the Filipino were impressed of the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rody Duterte, the newly elected President of the Philippines. His speech has focused much on the total eradication of illegal drug trade, graft and corruption in the government, and criminality in any form.
I have to admit that I was one of those who admired and approved the down-to-earth 1-and-a-half-hour message of President Duterte. He had a lot of quotable statements which give everyone the inspiration towards attaining a clean governance which the people are longing for more than a century already.
The President made an announcement for a unilateral ceasefire among the CPP-NPA and NDF. He wanted to achieve peace in the country. He emphasized that it was not a peace for the dead whom the living are offering prayer. But it is a peace of the living. With this approach, the people would enjoy their lives of not being endangered.
There was a big applause resounding all over the hall of the House of the Representatives. Everyone in the hall was clapping their hands as a gesture of approval and appreciation for the peace process among the insurgents and those who stay and live in a lawless government of their own making. This peace negotiation would be formalized on August 20, the President declared.