Sona red carpet: Shorter is not necessarily cheaper

July 31st, 2016

MALACAÑANG’S directive to “downplay” President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona) in a memo asking guests “not to wear long gowns” as “it will not be a fashion show” was met with approval by a nation that has largely been turned off by the display of pomp and bling at the annual speech of the Chief Executive.

‘The presidency is about leaving something better for our kids’

July 31st, 2016

IT IS hot and humid in Atlanta. But it’s always cool and comfy in my sister’s house. Outside it’s another story. There have been warnings issued for pets, babies and the elderly (in that order) to stay indoors.

Duterte’s ‘stake’ of the nation address

July 31st, 2016

YOUR mantra for the week: “I pray, therefore, I prosper.”

Understanding Duterte

July 31st, 2016

In the first half hour of last Monday’s State of the Nation Address, President Duterte’s voice was nowhere to be found. The man at the podium was struggling not just to read the text on the teleprompter, but also to own it.

Education on the back burner yet again

July 30th, 2016

President Duterte’s recent State of the Nation Address, at its core, is a call for everyone to “have the courage to fight for what we believe in, undeterred by the fear of failing or losing.”

Shoot now, ask questions later

July 30th, 2016

PDu30’s State of the Nation Address, all 90 minutes of it, may be classified into 38 minutes of prepared speech and 52 minutes of straight-from-the-heart talk. He should change his speech writers because they failed to make his speech sound like it came from him.

The Sona that shunned glitz–and where Erap joined the queue

July 29th, 2016

The story goes that Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. not only endured the artificial arctic climate inside the Batasang Pambansa session hall in traditional wear that barely covered his back, chest and legs for two hours, while President Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address. Baguilat, who was chosen House minority leader just […]

A straight-talking Sona

July 29th, 2016

I welcomed President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address last Monday, but not for drastic changes in policy directions and new government initiatives that he announced; there were hardly any.

Children of the motherland

July 29th, 2016

Like millions of other Filipinos, I made sure I could listen to the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte.

All Filipinos’ right to life now at risk

July 29th, 2016

President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) was laced with confusing and sometimes contradictory messages. At one point he stated rightly that the “rule of law must at all times prevail” and that government is obliged to “fulfill the human rights of our citizens.”

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