MANILA-- Scores of President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters trooped near the Commission on Audit (COA) along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City in time for the Chief Executive's second State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) in the joint session of Congress at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City Monday afternoon.
One of them, Lovelyn Britanico, a former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Sultan Kudarat, expressed her strong support for Duterte's efforts to suppress criminality, especially illegal drugs, in the country.
"One hundred percent satisfied kami sa pamamalakad ni Tatay Digong, sa war on (illegal) drugs. Kaming mga taga Mindanao suportado sa war on (illegal) drugs at sa (extension ng) martial law," she added.
Britanico also called on protesters against Martial Law in Mindanao and the war on illegal drugs to support Duterte's programs against crime and urged them to take a more detailed look on the Chief Executive's flagship platforms.
The 17th Congress, voting jointly -- 261 as against 18 -- affirmed the need to extend Presidential Proclamation Number 216 extending Martial Law in Mindanao and the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus until Dec. 31 as initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte.
It was declared after Maute Group terrorists conducted a series of attacks in Marawi City following the botched attempt to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS "emir" in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon, last May 23.
"So far, ang hinihingi lang namin sa mga nagpoprotesta, sa di nakakaintindi na sana maintindihan nila," Britanico added.
Meanwhile, Vic De Julian, Federation of Urban Poor in Bacoor chair, echoed Britanico sentiments, stressing that protesters should learn to appreciate Duterte's effort to rid the country of illegal narcotics, corruptions and other social ills.
"Di nila nakikita yung dapat doon sila sa gitna hindi yung lahat ng pagkakamali punahin lang nila ng punahin parang kumbaga dapat kung ano yung ginawa ni President Digong i-appreciate nila," he pointed out.
But, despite this show of support, De Julian is hoping that the President will work double time and gain more ground for his flagship programs after his second SONA.
"Gusto po namin na kung ano pa yung pagkukulang, dagdagan pa niya (mga efforts niya) para (sa) lahat ng mga nangangailangan. Gusto namin mapalawak pa kung ano ang maitutulong niya samin (sa urban poor)," De Julian said.
Source: Philippines News Agency