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We can handle the truth! Albay VG Lagman dares Duterte to give ‘real’ state of the nation

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Albay Vice Governor Edcel Grex Lagman urged President Rodrigo Duterte to give the “real” state of the nation, noting that Filipinos can handle the truth,

“Just give us the real state of the nation, Mr. President. We can handle the truth. And we all want to help this administration to succeed. Even if we give constructive criticisms every now and then. And especially because we do so out of love for our country,” said Lagman.

President Duterte is slated to deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 27. The Palace said he will physically present at the Batasang Pambansa.

“In these unprecedented and extraordinarily difficult times, the saying that ‘we’re all in the same boat’ cannot ring truer. Kung lulutang po ang banca natin, maganda po para sa lahat. Lahat tayo buhay. Kung ito naman po’y lulubog, sama-sama rin po tayong lahat malulunod. Kaya kailangan magtulungan po tayo,” the vice governor said.

He said that by telling the truth, Filipinos can now extend the help that this government needs.

“Kaya sana po sabihin niyo kung ano talaga ang tunay na lagay ng bansa natin. Kase po kung di namin alam ang buong katotohanan patungkol sa mga programa at plano po ninyo laban sa pandemya, paano po kame makakatulong?,” he said.

“At pahabol lang po, ginoong pangulo: sabihin niyo po sa pinaka-klaro at pinaka-detalyadong pamamahayag. Kung maari, iwasan po ninyo ang pag-ad lib. Seryosong bagay po ito. Pwede niyo naman po basahin. Okay lang po sa amin. Handang-handa naman po kaming makinig,” he added.