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