2017 SONA dismissive of PH socioecon problems—IBON

Opinion & Analysis Philippines Aug 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm

The 2017 State of the Nation Address was dismissive of the Philippines’ serious socioeconomic problems especially joblessness, poverty and inequities, research group IBON said. The President even tended to oversimplify the economic situation to justify authoritarianism, said the group.

President Duterte delivered Monday his second State of the Nation Address to the country’s senators and congressmen. According to IBON’s executive director Sonny Africa, “There was no acknowledgement that the economy actually shed almost 400,000 jobs since last year and that poverty remains deep and widespread among tens of millions of Filipinos.” Africa added that there was no sign that the current administration grasped how neoliberal policies implemented by its predecessors have resulted in rapid growth, profits and wealth for a few amid poverty and joblessness for the many.

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