Press Release
July 23, 2018


*Statement of Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on the HoR debacle

The debacle at the House of Representatives (HoR) that took place during President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address (SONA) is yet another reflection of the chaos and incompetence plaguing the Duterte government. It reveals the extent of the President's weakness, that minutes before his SONA, in front of the nation and the international community, congressional representatives decided to bicker and squabble for power. They chose to disrespect their own President and attend to their own ambitions in full view of the nation. For almost an hour, it seemed that nobody was in control.

This is the true state of the nation. It is petty infighting, backstabbing, and brinkmanship, all done at the people's expense. This is nothing short of an embarrassment. It is a clear failure in leadership.

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