Shortly after giving his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), rather than going back to the Malacañang Palace, President Rodrigo Duterte made a daring, groundbreaking act when he immediately went to face his anti-Duterte Protesters assembled outside the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City in July 24, 2017, Monday evening.
Sorrounded by his security details, Duterte spent a 13 minute rough talk with the protesters.
This was the first time in history that a Philippine President came face-to-face with his administration’s very own critics who questions his governing ways.
The crowed asked the President to resume the peace negotiations with the (CPP-NPA-NDF) Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front.
The President went directly onstage and voiced out his anger on the communist rebels’ unsympathetic doings against the government troops despite his willingness to continue with the peace talks. He pointed out that the killings and ambush of the police and military personnel harmed by the rebels triggered him to trash the talks.
“Continue the peace talks? Is that what you want? But you tried to ambush me. If I were there, yo would have killed me.” Duterte told the protesters.
Amid insults and shouts, Duterte said that the militants must respect him and his decision just as he respects their grievances, criticisms and rights
“Hindi niyoakomatatakotsamgaganyanganyandahil galling naakodyan” Duterte said.
(You cannot scare me through that because I’ve been there before.)
“Mag-rally kayo hanggangmaubosangmgabosesninyopero wag kayongmagalitsa akin” he added.
(You can rally all you want until you ran out of voices but don’t get angry at me.)
The activist asked Duterte to free all the political prisoners as well.
The crowd only got the response of “Maghintay kayo!”
During the speech of Duterte, He mentioned the communist rebels quite a few times, emphasizing that he is no longer interested with the negotiations to them because they still go on with their violence and harm against the government troops.
The President also told the militants with the issue of Martial Law in Mindanao that he cannot end the martial yet for certain reasons that there are still around 300 Civilians being held hostages by the Maute terrorist groups inside a mosque in Marawi City.
“Binawalanko military na mag assault kasimadadamayang 300. Kasitalagangpuputulan ng ulokapaginattack ng military. Yan nalangangnagpaiwansaproblemakonahindiniyoalam.”
(I forbid the military to proceed with the assault because it will harm the 300 hostages. The 300 will really be beheaded if we conduct an attack. That’s the only problem left that you are not aware of.)
He then asked the protesters to give him more time and take into consideration that he’s been in the position for just a year now.
“Kung ganunangtinginniyosa akin parangkalaban, wag natayong mag-usap.
(If you see me as an enemy, then there is no need for us to talk anymore)
Duterte hardheadedly told the crowd.