Mayor points out Duterte SONA legacy

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said, President Rodrigo Duterte was sincere in his pronouncements and shows his genuine love of his country and countrymen. He wants action and good results of realization of his advocacies. He wants to leave the Filipino people with a lasting legacy of peace, order, comfort, his adlibs were longer than his prepared speech and that he is not used to teleprompter but is comfortable when he had to adlib. Obviously, he wrote his own speech, at least 80% of it.

These were among the observations of the mayor who attended the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Duterte at the Batasan halls of congress.

What struck the attention of the mayor is Duterte pronouncements to pursue inter-island linkage projects that comes to mind his proposals and dreams for the whole Visayas to be connected with bridges and tunnels to traverse the mountains of the two provinces of the Negros Island Region (NIR).

In the SONA, Duterte was pushing for the acceleration of infrastructure spending to improve national roads and bridges and implementing the Mindanao logistics infrastructure network and other road network masterplans.

Remollo recalled that his proposal and presented to few senators and congressmen during the campaign period was to connect Negros Occidental to Guimaras and Iloilo and then Negros Oriental to connect to Cebu, Bohol then to Maasin, Leyte, the birth place of Pres. Duterte and perhaps to Siquijor.

He said this will surely create a tourism corridor in the region, thus, decongest traffic in Metro Manila.

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