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And so President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address is over. And it was a hit. Constantly deviating from the lengthy (and very formal) script, Digong dished out tough and humorous talk to the delight of his audience.

We particularly took note of the part where he addressed the massive problems involving the issuance of motor-vehicle license plates and driver's licenses.

1. License plates. Referring to the new plates, he said: "Panahon pa ni Hesu-Kristo yan, wala pa. Bayad na yan [ng mga tao], until now wala pa." His solution? The President said his administration is looking at having license plates issued at "the point of sale"--on the dealership level, in other words. Meaning, if you buy a car, it will already have plates when you pick it up from the showroom. If that happens, there won't be use for conduction stickers anymore. More important, there will no longer be corruption and red tape at Land Transportation Office outlets. How cool is that?

2. Driver's licenses. Regarding those little plastic cards, the President declared that he wants to extend the validity of driver's licenses from the existing three years to five years. Yep! That means fewer chances for government scumbags to milk money from you for the duration of your motoring life. We really hope this happens. We're sick of paying hot and crowded LTO branches a visit.

Can we just say that we love this president already?


Vernon B. Sarne
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