Press Release
July 22, 2018

'Gut issues must be focus of SONA' -- Sen. Nancy Binay ...says people expect concrete realization of PH dev't plan

Senator Nancy Binay today expressed hope that President Duterte will take tomorrow's State of the Nation Address as an opportunity to provide solutions to issues that matter most to ordinary Filipinos.

According to Binay, the President must focus his SONA on the Administration's programs for the next three years anchored on the Philippine Development Plan.

"Mas hinihintay ng tao ngayong darating na SONA ang katuparan ng mga programa na naka-anchor sa Philippine Development Plan na 'Malasakit, Pagbabago't Kaunlaran' para sa bansa," she pointed out.

Binay said gut issues should be the focus of the President's SONA and put them on the same level of priority as the war on drugs.

"I hope the President focuses on addressing yung mga issue na dikit sa sikmura ng mga tao tulad ng pag-kontrol ng inflation, paglikha ng trabaho, at murang bilihin. More jobs, less jabs," Binay said ahead of the President's SONA.

The senator likewise said that she hopes that the President would call for the suspension of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, as well as finally put to stop contractualization.

"Nakita po natin ang matinding panawagan ng ating mga kababayan na masuspend ang TRAIN at mahinto ang kontraktualisasyon, so sana agarang aksyunan ito ng ating Presidente," she said.

Binay added that people would most probably want to hear the administration's social and environmental policies, aside from reporting on the war against drugs and corruption.

"For those who continue to struggle in life, they no longer wanted more of the same war on drugs staple. Sa ngayon, gusto ng lahat na marinig ay ang social policies and environmental policy direction, pati na rin ang action plans ng Administration sa susunod na tatlong taon," she added.

The senator likewise said that the people would want to hear updates on the rehabilitation of Marawi and the results of the mining audit; as well as addressing the situation and issues of indigenous peoples (IPs), and urging Congress to finally pass the National Land Use Act (NLUA).

"Mahalaga ang pagsasabatas ng NLUA since this is very much relevant to the case of Boracay, El Nido, Puerto Galera and other islands that have been abused because of overcommercialization. Isang safeguard ng ating mga isla at likas-yaman ang NLUA," Binay said.

"These are aside from updates of the Build Build Build (BBB) program and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) being signed into law anytime soon. The signing of the BBL can likewise serve as a kickstarter to remind members of the government peace panel of the need to forge ahead with the peace process with the CPP-NDF-NPA," she noted.

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