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Davao on the day of the SONA 2008

July 28, 2008

Like yesterday – Sunday, it was HOT.. HOT day in Davao City.. This is the first time if felt the heat of the sun since the start of the rainy season.

Today also marks the day when the President delivered her 2008 State of the Nation Address (SONA). While Majority of Dabawenyos went on with their usual day to day activities, there were some who opted to go out in the streets and voice out their thoughts and feelings led by some activist groups.

Image taken in front of Ateneo de Davao using the Nokia N82.

In her speech, the President made mention about Mindanao…

In our 2006 SONA, our food baskets were identified as North Luzon and Mindanao.

The sad irony of Mindanao as food basket is that it has some of the highest hunger in our nation. It has large fields of high productivity, yet also six of our ten poorest provinces.

The prime reason is the endless Mindanao conflict. A comprehensive peace has eluded us for half a century. But last night, differences on the tough issue of ancestral domain were resolved. Yes, there are political dynamics among the people of Mindanao. Let us sort them out with the utmost sobriety, patience and restraint. I ask Congress to act on the legislative and political reforms that will lead to a just and lasting peace during our term of office.

On my way to Compostela Valley, i noted 4 additional check points by the Military – in Carmen, Panabo, Tagum, and near Mawab.

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