"Where there is peace, God is." ~George Herbert

"Carve your blessings in stone." ~Anon
"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." ~William Penn
"Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient." ~Cicero Ovid Seneca

"Words pulsate in the veins of my pen"™Leah C. Dancel



Compiled by Oscar Picazo

1. (To the opposition) Look beyond your biases, your prejudices, your ambitions, and your political agenda.
2. It is not the peace of the dead but the peace of the living that we seek.
3. (To mining companies) Restore the virginity of the soil, or I will tax you to hell.
4. (To critics of the war on drug) What have you done in the name of human rights?
5. (To little brown brothers) Bakit kayo bilib sa puti?
6. Capital punishment is not about deterrence but about retribution.
7. The advantage of rebels is that they think you are afraid to die. And that is why I went to Marawi so I can say, I am not afraid to die.
8. To the enemies of the state, talagang bully ako.
9. Either we have laws in this country, or we do not.
10. Masyadong demanding ang NDF (National Democratic Front), hindi naman nanalo sa eleksiyon.
11. (To the US Government) Give us back the Balangiga bells. They are ours. They belong to the Philippines. They are part of our heritage.
12. (To civil servants) We are all workers in government. The public is our employer.
13. (To the Supreme Court) The TRO is the bane of our efficiency. (TRO refers to the system of losing parties to file temporary restraining orders on the winning bid.)
14. Change (the onerous) procurement procedure or I will change you.
15. (On the challenge of reforming a corrupt system) It is easier to start from scratch than to rebuild the rotten.
July 24, 2017


"I will not allow the ruin of the Filipino youth and disintegration of the family." ~President Rodrigo Duterte | 2ND State of the nation address 2017

“Together we will work assiduously to bequeath a peaceful and prosperous Philippines for the generations to come." ~PRRD, to Policemen and Soldiers, SONA2017

"When many are massacred, or when children are raped, you say nothing!" ~Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, SONA2017


"DUTERTE again exposed his true self. NO Pretense, only sincerity in his love for the people, only the good ones ha... He was straightforward, no non-sense... it is very clear that he is Building a Nation on the verge of destruction by terrorists and their supporters...........He came in strong, pointblank and would hit anyone who caused his ire. He flaunted his achievement in just a year, although no need. It is happening, observed and felt..........As for his usual cusses and expletives, no big deal, it is anyway DIRECTED towards those obstructionists and debilitating critics. How else could he address them except that way. No other better words could vividly describe these people but hot expletives... These are not for you and me who are abiding citizens. We are his strength and inspiration. Those that got stung by those expletives, perhaps they are among those... thus they deserved it. He/She who overreacts, is the IT." ~Dr. Andy S. Gerong, Clinical Psychologist (SONA2017)

"I believe a national apology from the U.S. is in order.The bell is just a symbol." ~Jeffrey Ford

"In Digong's speech, I was speechless. Everything I want to hear he had said. He is truly the voice of the voiceless." ~Arsenio Antonio, July 24

"The Balangiga Bell is the stark reminder of the US violation of human rights in the Philippines and if returned, it will be a great apology that we can graciously receive." ~Jerry Jimenez, July 26, 2017 post SONA2

"The greatness of this SONA2017 is never in its form, structure or oratorical sense. And the fact that it was laced with profanity and bluster makes it really pedestrian and jejune.
But it is exactly this authenticity and sincerity that elevates its stature. It's not so much about Duterte speaking in as much as we are actually expressing our collective rage against the status quo, and desire for change. It was not just a SONA. It was the BOSES NG MASA." ~Mark Lopez July 24th, SONA2017

"The President also wrapped up his speech beautifully – by invoking God’s loving protection as the country journeys with him. I always like to repeat the fact that no other president invoked the name of God in everything he does. He does not come across as proselytizing, but someone whose spirituality is so deep he does not have to name any religion even if he says some words in Arabic. After all, the faithful rejoice in praising God in any language. I soak in those parting words." ~Aveen Acuna-Gulo, SONA2017

"The unawares or partially conscious people can't get Duterte as he's miles and miles ahead in evolution of human consciousness. Not only is his language peculiar of where he's coming from but his idiosyncratic package of which psychologically all of us are allowed as free human beings are what boggles the opposition who operate on the plain linear mind. Duterte is intuitive and is not to be interpreted on simple logic but on the complex reality of how the human mind operates i.e. things are not what they appear to be and the cyclic nature of reality, the law of cause and effect. That's why he emphasized in his SONA the Revised Penal Code's Retribution Principle." ~Jon T. Hermosisima, July 26, 2017

"When we listen to PRRD today in his 2nd SONA, sit back and reflect on the idea that what he's experienced in his first year has to do with CHANGE…with PAGBABAGO…for a better Philippines. The resistance is widespread, foreign and domestic, and it's deadly. They're out to get him and Marawi is part of that regime change playbook. As enlightenment unravels in your mind, ask yourself: am I part of the problem or part of the solution?....... ISIS et al or the "whole-of-terror" network including their tactical ally, the NPA, has been unleashed against PRRD and, in effect, against a largely unsuspecting Philippine society. While it may seem obvious to all that we're up against extremism, other questions to ask are: Who's behind that network and what do they really want from PRRD? Whose ISIS? Whose NPA? Do these comments make sense to you; do they resonate?~ Rafael Alunan III, July 24, 2017

"You may not like Duterte, but you have to admire his audacity. I’ve never seen any Philippine president who would go to the daring lengths that Duterte has to expose the hypocrisy of the Americans—and that makes me extremely proud." ~Jojo A. Robles, Manila Standard, July 26, 2017

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