#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for July 27 2017

(UPDATE, 1:10 AM)

Even though it is not likely to make landfall in any part of the country, tropical storm “Gorio” is still expected to enhance monsoon rains in parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Because of this, classes in certain areas is likely to be suspended for tomorrow, July 27.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has placed Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan, and Tarlac as of Wednesday night. This means that flooding is possible in low-lying areas and in communities near river channels.

The Filipino Scribe will update this post if and when new information becomes available.


Parañaque City
Las Piñas City
Malabon City
Marikina City
Muntinlupa City
Pasay City
San Juan City

Cainta, Rizal
Taytay, Rizal
Angono, Rizal
Antipolo City

Sasmuan, Pampanga
San Fernando, Pampanga
San Pedro, Laguna
Olongapo City
Marilao, Bulacan
Meycauayan, Bulacan


San Mateo, Rizal
Rodriguez, Rizal


Valenzuela City Polytechnic
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela
Manila Tytana College
Arellano University

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Classes in certain areas are suspended for July 27 2017 (Photo credits: Facebook page of PAGASA)

NOTE: There are now just four Metro Manila cities with no #WalangPasok announcements for JULY 27 as of 1:10 AM. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has earlier said that an announcement will be made by 3:00 AM.

Quezon City


#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for July 26 2017

(UPDATED, 12:25 PM)

Metro Manila and its nearby provinces experienced torrential monsoon rains overnight, prompting certain local government units to announce class suspensions in their respective areas.

It is likely that other LGUs and education institutions will follow suit. The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post if and when new information becomes available.

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Classes in certain areas and universities are suspended for today, July 26, due to monsoon rains

Malabon City
Olongapo City

Quezon City
Bani, Pangasinan


#SONA2017 | President Duterte’s 2nd State of the Nation Address – full transcript

President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address or SONA earlier today, July 24. The speech went on for almost exactly two hours, covering various topics like his War on Drugs, the fight against terrorism, his support for stronger regulations on mining, the implementation of the reproductive health bill, tax reform, among others.

Just like in his usual public remarks, Duterte’s two hour report to the nation reportedly deviated significantly from what his aides prepared and distributed in advance to the media. It was vintage Duterte in full display, with his speech featuring harsh attacks on his local and international critics and heavy use of profanities.

full text Duterte 2017 state of the nation address

(Photo credits: Facebook page of Presidential Communications Office)

The Malacanang’s Presidential Communications Office is yet to release a full transcript of this year’s SONA. It will understandably take time, because it appears that much of what Duterte said was impromptu. Not to mention the fact that they will have to distribute a “clean” version of the speech. For now, you can refer to this earlier post in The Filipino Scribe for a running diary of the 2017 SONA.


#SONA2017 | President Duterte’s 2nd State of the Nation Address – live updates and commentary

President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address today, July 24. The speech began at around 4:25 PM and lasted for two hours. As expected, he gave a strong defense of the achievements of his first year in office, including the War on Drugs and criminality, the fight against terrorism, as well as changes in the country’s foreign policy direction.

The Filipino Scribe posted live updates and quick commentaries on this space throughout the speech.

4:10 PM – Duterte has already arrived in the Batasan Complex. He is speaking briefly with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and other congressional leaders ahead of his speech.

4:17 PM: The President is now walking toward the Session Hall for his speech. The theme for this year’s SONA is “A Comfortable Life For All.”

4:25 PM: President Duterte is now delivering his SONA. He begins by reminiscing his days as a Davao congressman from 1998 to 2001. Former Presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are in attendance, while Benigno Aquino III is a no-show.

4:32 PM: As expected, Duterte began his SONA with a strong defense of his War on Drugs. “The fight will not spot! It will be unrelenting.” He added: “I believe then and still do now that progress will sputter if criminals are allowed to roam the streets freely.” He reiterated: “I am never timid and tentative.”

4:39 PM: Duterte also delivered a stinging rebuke against local and international critics of the War on Drugs: “To the critics, your efforts will be better spent to educate the people on the evil of illegal drugs,” he said. He added: “I value human life. I will not allow the ruin of the youth, disintegration of families by criminals.”

4:43 PM: Duterte then went on to discuss his frustration about the peace process with the Communist rebels. “Peace eludes us still. Sometimes, I’m tempted to conclude that peace may not be able to come during our lifetime,” he said, adding that he remains committed to achieving it until his last day as President, event beyond.

4:46 PM: The President then went on to give a strong defense of his martial law proclamation for the entire Mindanao, which last July 22 was extended by Congress until the end of the year.

“I declared Martial Law in Mindanao because I believe that is the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least costs,” he explained.

4:50 PM: From his discussion about the War on Terrorism, Duterte then went on to discuss about agriculture. He called on the legislature to pass the National Land Use Act.

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President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address this July 24 (Photo credits: Facebook page of Presidential Communications Office)

4:53 PM: “The protection of the environment must be made a priority. This policy is non-negotiatble,” Duterte said, echoing the advocacy of his former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. He also called on mining operators and contractors to “refrain from irresponsible destruction of watersheds and aquatic resources.”

Citing the documentaries created separately by Lopez and news anchor Ted Failon, Duterte bemoaned the extensive damage that minig operations have done to the country’s rivers, lakes, and farmlands, citing Mount Diwalwal as an example. “Yung mga magsasaka, wala nang makain!”

5:00 PM: While attacking big mining companies, Duterte launched a broadside against online news website Rappler.com. He claimed that it is American owned. The President’s potshot received an immediate pushback from Rappler CEO Maria Ressa who pointed out in a Twitter post that the organization is 100% Filipino owned.

5:07 PM: According to GMA News, President Duterte has “completely abandoned” his prepared SONA. He now briefly talked about the importance of disaster preparedness.

5:10 PM: “The West Philippine Sea and federalism are two issues we have to tackle sooner than later,” he said. He also called on Congress to pass a law restoring death penalty to aid his War on Drugs.

5:15 PM: Duterte once more lashed out against the critics of the War on Drugs, saying that their continued emphasis on alleged human rights violations trivializes the damage that the spread of illegal drugs is doing to the country.

He also lambasted Senator Leila de Lima, one of his fiercest critics who are now in jail for her supposed involvement in the drug trade inside the National Bilibid Prison. “Is she a credible woman? Is she a moral person?” Duterte asked.

5:20 PM: Duterte also attacked his critics for warning that he can be prosecuted before the International Criminal Court for the extrajudicial deaths in the country once his term of office ends. “I am willing to go to jail for the rest of my life,” he said.

5:26 PM:Talagang bully ako! For enemies of the state, I am really a bully!” Duterte declared. He then once more attacked the media for supposedly taking his statements out of context, particularly ABS-CBN.

5:31 PM: “I’m sorry I’ve exceeded my time,” Duterte said, an acknowledgement that his speech has now lasted for an hour and eight minutes.

5:36 PM: In a reversal from his offer of peace talks during last year’s SONA, Duterte has now declared that he “will not” talk with the Communist rebels anymore. He cited the ambush attacks launched by the New People’s Army against forces of the military and more recently, his Presidential Security Group for his about-face. “They keep on killing people, even civilians who don’t like to join their cause,” he said in Filipino.

5:38 PM: Pivoting to foreign policy, Duterte noted that there is now an “improved negotiating environment” with China as regards the West Philippine Sea issue. He also reiterated the long-standing policy of non-interference among member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

5:42 PM: Duterte recounted the infamous 1901 Balangiga Massacre in Eastern Samar which was committed by United States forces against Filipino freedom fighters. “Give us back the Balangiga bells!”

5:46 PM: Duterte then touted his administration’s efforts to make it easier for Filipinos to deal with the government, like requesting for clearances, among others. “Ayaw kong pinapabalik-balik niyo ang mga tao,” he said, mentioning that the hotline 8888 has been effective in getting feedback from the public about incompetent government officers.

5:51 PM: “I cannot fight corruption if you do not cooperate. Help me. Text me at 8888,” he said. “We are all employees of government! Kayo ang employer namin. We get money from your pockets to our pockets.”

5:54 PM: “I am not inclined to increase salaries and bonuses of officials in Government Owned and Controlled Corporations right now,” Duterte said.

5:57 PM: Duterte asks Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to end the temporary restraining order vs the purchase of certain types of family planning supplies as mandated by the Reproductive Health law. “The TRO is the bane that delays a lot of government projects,” he said.

“I am not for abortion, I’m not for birth control but I am for giving the Filipino family the power to decide,” the President said.


6:05 PM: The SONA has now been going on for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

6:10 PM: Duterte shared an anecdote about visiting a military hospital with antiquated facilities. “If this is how we treat our soldiers who are dying for us, a coup d’état is not surprising,” he said.

He challenged Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial to do her best to upgrade health institutions. “Change the procedure, or I will change you,” he said. He likewise called on the Congress to revise the procurement laws to make it easier for the government to make the necessary purchases.

6:15 PM: Duterte then addressed the need to improve the country’s infrastructure and transportation systems to alleviate the pestering traffic problem. He said that China will be helping finance these.

6:20 PM: He commended the House of Representatives for passing his government’s tax reform proposal. He said it is now up to the Senate to pass it.

6:24 PM: Duterte also announced a P25-billion tax settlement deal with Mighty Corporation, which he said is the biggest in history. He said this can be used to finance the government’s rebuilding effort in Marawi City.

6:27 PM: “Let me end by wishing everyone in the language of the old: ‘May God Keep us forever sheltered in the hollow of His hand,'” Duterte said as he wrapped up his second of the State of the Nation Address. It lasted for two hours.


#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for July 24 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address tomorrow, July 24 2017, at the House of Representatives in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. In anticipation of possible traffic jams because of the scheduled public protests and the stationing of thousands of police forces, the local government of Quezon City has last week announced the suspension of classes in all levels throughout the city.

Today, several universities in Metro Manila has decided to follow suit. The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post as new information becomes available:

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Classes in Quezon City as well as some universities are suspended for July 24 2017 (Credits: Twitter page of PTV)

Miriam College (all offices)
University of the Philippines – Diliman (all offices)

De La Salle University – Taft, Makati, and BGC campuses
De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde
La Consolacion College
Philippine Maritime Institute – Manila and Quezon City campuses
Philippine College of Criminology
College of the Holy Spirit – Manila

Bicol Univeristy
Acquinas University of Legazpi City (due to a transport strike)

Ateneo de Manila University Senior High School
Manila Tytana College – Senior High School