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July 22, 2019

SONA 2019 CONTROVERSIES AND HIGHLIGHTS

As usual, the State of the Nation Address and the opening of the regular session of Congress was very colorful. Here are some highlights:

1. Speaking of colorful, Senator Imee Marcos took the opportunity to make a statement through color. She changed from a blue ensemble for the opening of Senate to wear an all-yellow ensemble to House of Representatives. She was greeted by Cong. Geraldine Roman, who teased her, “Dilawan ka na”.

2. Philip Salvador somehow got an invitation to the SONA and gave off some colorful remarks before entering Congress.

3. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo wore all black but had art patches of what looked like “whistleblower” Bikoy on his coat. He denied that the hooded figure was the whistleblower who has been used by the police to file sedition, libel and cyber-libel charges against those opposition candidates in the mid-term elections as well as some bishops and opposition personalities.

Of course, the memes were quick in coming.

4. Not new but still colorful: Former presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are seated beside each other.

5. Alan Cayetano is named House Speaker. Incidentally, both he and the new House Minority Leader have wives who are also currently congresswomen.

6. Duterte Youth party list chairman Ronald Cardema also manages an invite to the SONA although not as a congressman, as he cannot be proclaimed due to the questions on his nomination.

7. Senator Bong Revilla, in an astounding comeback, promises “performance” and that his supporters will be proud of him.

8. The President is 2 hours late to the SONA. He was supposed to deliver his speech at 3:00 p.m. but he arrived at the Batasan by chopper at 5:00 p.m.

9. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin dozes off as the President says during his speech that China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea

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10. In a surprise show of real cultural appreciation, the President stops by the lobby where organizers, in poor taste, parked the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra to play background music and graciously honored the musicians by singing with them Ikaw and Moonriver then invited the PPO to Malacañang, saying that music like this “brings one closer to God”.

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