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FULL TEXT: President Duterte's State of the Nation Address 2017 Rappler.com Published 12:13 AM, July 25, 2017 Updated 11:04 AM, July 25, 2017 UNRELENTING WAR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vows an 'unrelenting' war on drugs in his second State of the Nation Address, delivered on July 24, 2017. Behind him is Senate President Aquilino Pimentel (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 24, covering a wide range of policy issues in both his prepared speech and the off-script comments. In more than two hours, the President vowed that his administration's war on drugs would remain "unrelenting," dismissed human rights campaigns by "white" advocates, told the United States to return Leyte's historic bells from World War II, warned uncooperative mining firms, attacked the media, criticized the Left with which he scrapped peace negotiations, and complained about temporary restraining orders issued by the Supreme Court being "the bane of our inefficiency." There were issues he mentioned in his campaign and in his first SONA that he either skipped or barely mentioned in this year's speech, such as the shift to federalism and his administration's infrastructure program. (READ: HIGHLIGHTS: Issues mentioned in SONA 2017 ) Prominently, however, he asked Congress to "act on all pending legislations to reimpose the death penalty on heinous crimes — especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs." Below is the full text of President Duterte's SONA 2017. *** Kindly sit down. Thank you for your courtesy. When I was a member of Congress, I – my seat was over there. The seat... The lady with a violent – not violent but rather violet dress – seated. But I was always absent together with the Speaker and Tonyboy Floirendo, who is still absent until today. [laughter] And that started… Ay nandiyan ba? Sorry. But his propensity started almost 17 years ago when we were members of the 11 th Congress. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and the members of the Senate; Pantaleon Alvarez, the Speaker and the members of the House of Representatives; Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo; Former Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and former President Gloria Arroyo; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court and the members of courts; Archbishop Pinto and the distinguished guests of the diplomatic corps; Secretary Salvador Medialdea and the members of the Cabinet; my fellow workers in government; my countrymen. When I took my oath of office a year or so ago, I knew that our country was reeling from a multitude of problems. That day, there was euphoria in the air resulting from a successful campaign and the thought that dominated my being was to make good on my promise to the people to bring change in government, not a change that is passing but a change that can survive the test of time.

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