#INQBack: Memorable quotes during past State of the Nation Addresses

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03:20 PM July 13th, 2015

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UPDATED: JULY 22, 2016

Just as no two Philippine presidents are the same in priorities and governance, no two State of the Nation Addresses are the same in content and form.

In #INQBack: SONA edition, INQUIRER.net highlights one memorable quote from each president’s SONAs that reflect both the times they lived in and the pressing issues during their presidencies.

A SONA, more specifically a verbal report meant to update Filipinos on what the government has achieved in the previous year, is mandated by the Constitution.

Presidents Emilio Aguinaldo and Jose P. Laurel did not deliver SONAs during their presidencies, as the version of the Constitution at the time did not require the annual report.

In recent times, the incumbent president of the Philippines delivers to both the Congress and the Filipino public a SONA every fourth Monday of July.


1. President Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Quezon

2. President Sergio Osmeña (1944-1946)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Osmeña

3. President Manuel Roxas (1946-1948)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Roxas

4. President Elpidio Quirino (1948-1953)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Quirino

5. President Ramon Magsaysay (1953-1957)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Magsaysay

6. President Carlos P. Garcia (1957-1961)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Garcia

7. President Diosdado Macapagal (1961-1965)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Macapagal

8. President Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Marcos

9. President Corazon Aquino (1986-1992)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Cory Aquino

10. President Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Ramos

11. President Joseph “Erap” Estrada (1998-2001)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Erap Estrada

12. President Gloria Macagapal-Arroyo (2001-2010)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

13. President Benigno Aquino III (2010-present)

#INQBack Throwback Flashback SONA Quotes of past presidents Benigno Aquino III

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