Makabayan Group members question President Duterte’s leadership

“What kind of a father are you?”, this is the question of the members of the progressive Makabayan Bloc to President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, whom they have criticized for his allegedly anti-people policies, as his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) approaches.

Filmmaker Joyce Bernal, who is tasked to direct the SONA, said she wants Filipinos to feel of how Duterte will speak to the nation.

“Yung pakiramdam na yun, kung paano magsasalita sa nation as mayor, as a father and as the president of the Philippines. Gusto nilang maramdaman yun,” she said.

“Gusto ko sana ng magandang sequencing ng shots niya na in three shots makukuha niyo na paano yung pagmamahal niya sa Pilipinas,” she added.

But at a press conference, ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro questioned how Duterte as the nation’s father is, given that his war on drugs has caused thousands of children to be orphaned.

“Tatanungin natin kung talaga bang sa nakaraang taon ay naging tatay siya sa maraming mga bata, mga estudyante na mga naulila dahil sa kanyang pinagpapatuloy na giyera kontra droga,” she said.

“Ito ba yung sasabihin niya? Yun ang isa sa mga titignan natin kung ano yung mga naging achievement kaugnay ng giyera sa droga,” she added.

Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas posed the same question to Duterte.

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the every day lives of our children,” Brosas quoted the late South African President Nelson Mandela. “Yung mga kaganapan ng dalawang taon, hindi yun nakabuti sa ating mga bata.”

“Yung sinasabi sa drug war, maraming nangulila sa mga magulang, kamag-anak. Anong klaseng tatay yung gagawa nun sa kanyang mga anak?” she added.

Brosas also cited the situation of children in Mindanao which still under martial law.

“Hanggang ngayon sa Marawi, naka-bakwit ang libo-libo nating mga bata at kababaihan. Yun ang ginawa sa mga bata ng rehimeng ito,” she said.

Brosas urged lawmakers from Mindanao to step up and address the conditions of the people in Mindanao.

Duterte will deliver this third SONA during a joint session of both houses of Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Complex on July 23.