What Sotto wants to hear in Duterte SONA

SENATE President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III yesterday said that one of the issues he expects President Rodrigo Duterte to tackle in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday is the government’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We expect him to concentrate and focus on the recovery program of the Philippines as far as the pandemic and the economic recovery program is concerned,” Sotto said.

The Senate President confirmed that there are several proposed measures lined up  in Congress which seek to help the country recover from the pandemic.

These include Financial Institutions Strategy Transfer (FIST) Act, the Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery (GUIDE) Act, and the Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy (ARISE) Act.

He said that the Senate will also be cooperative in the passage of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or Bayanihan 2 which they will approve on July 27.

Sotto also expects the executive department to have a plan to provide for enhancement “of what we have learned already” from the pandemic.

“Hopefully, the government has learned from this and we will be able to come up with better plans and programs to handle this pandemic and future epidemics to come, that is what I am hoping for,” Sotto said.

Sotto also expects Duterte to touch on the issue of law and order as well as terrorism following the signing of Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 into law.