Majority of Baguio residents impressed with SONA

BAGUIO CITY –- Most Baguio City residents are happy with the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Maria Fe Galang, a businesswoman, said the administration of President Duterte is on the right track, quoting the President as saying, “we cannot move forward if we allow the past to pull us back.”

Galang said what hit her most was the President’s statement that he (the President) “will not waste his time “dwelling on the sins of the past.”

Mauro Garcia, a businessman engaged in buying and selling of vehicles, is looking forward to having a better transport system in Metro Manila, which he frequently visits.

Garcia hopes that the agencies concerned will not only look at the problem in Manila but also look into the transport system in other urban areas like Baguio City and the Cordillera Region.

The fight against corruption may be the very key to the upgrade and betterment of the systems around the country, he said.

John Hendix Cruz, restaurant owner, said the SONA itself was impressive because the President did not read the speech verbatim but instead issued spontaneous statements to explain the policies he read in his own words.

“At some point, he was delivering his thoughts in his native tongue and may have cursed silently, Cruz said.

But while others may be impressed, Shiela Quintana, a teacher, is not.

Quintana said what Duterte implemented through the Philippine National Police (PNP) is merely a “show-off”, “that in the next few months or so, the fight against corruption and drugs will slowly fade and all things will go back to its former state.”

Ronald Lenon, a sari-sari store owner said the President cannot express himself in English and it is best that he used a dialect he is comfortable with.

However, he said the foreign community present for the SONA looked baffled when he started speaking in his dialect.

Overall, there were seven out of ten people who approved or were satisfied with the first SONA of President Duterte. Jojo Lamaria/PNA/