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Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday (July 20) urged President Rodrigo R. Duterte to stop his “destructive governance” in the last three years in order to minimize the damage caused to the nation.

De Lima made the plea ahead of President Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

“He should stop in his destructive governance in order to minimize the damage that his administration has already caused. He should stop his mismanagement. It would be best for the country if Duterte steps down from his post and faces justice for the thousands of killings during his watch,” the senator said.

De Lima belittled the many achievements of the Duterte administration as she expressed dismay over the first three years of the President, whom she describes as a murderer and a traitor to his own people for his loyalty to China.

“No one can be satisfied with this government as long as there is no justice served for the thousands murdered in the drug war and as long as Duterte remains loyal to China and not the Philippines,” she said.

De Lima warned the Filipinos will eventually pay for the sins of President Duterte underscoring the irreparable damage inflicted on the country’s social fabric and its vital institutions during his reign.

“In the end, we will all pay for the six years (and even more) that Duterte has spent destroying this nation,” she said.

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