President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his annual State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23.
In his speech, Duterte gave emphasis on his human rights critics wherein he slammed them by saying, “Your concern is human rights, my concern is human lives.”
However, Vice President Robredo on Tuesday addressed that she had mixed emotions in the President’s SONA.
“‘Yung sinabi niya na, ‘Kung kayo pinaglalaban niyo ‘yung human rights, ako pinaglalaban ko ‘yung human lives,’ hindi tayo doon sang-ayon kasi diba ‘yung karapatan mabuhay ‘yun ‘yung pinaka-pangunahing karapatang pantao? Hindi naman ‘yun magkasalungat,” Robredo said.
Robredo added that she does not see how one can value human life without looking on their human rights.
“Alam natin na sa kanyang anti-drug war napakarami nang namatay,” she said.
The vice president also noted how Duterte failed to discuss other inportant matters such as the rehabilitation of Marawi City and the rising inflation together with the effect of Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law to the minimum wage earners.
Despite missing some important points, Robredo also addressed thaf she was glad on how the President mentioned the National Land Use Act, the trust fund for coconut farmers, and the workers’ right to security of tenure.