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”.
“ DILAWAN AKO.” Sen. Imee Marcos wears yellow dress for #SONA2019.
“Nakakasawa na ang bangayan.” She also greeted Rep. Geraldine Roman. pic.twitter.com/lsLBvyNL9L
— Karl Cedrick Basco (@cedrickkbasco) July 22, 2019
2. Philip Salvador somehow got an invitation to the SONA and gave off some colorful remarks before entering Congress.
— James Relativo (@james_relativo) July 22, 2019
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.
18th Congress Trivia: the Speaker of the House and the Majority Floor leader both have spouses who are also Members of the House.
— Ruffy Biazon (@ruffybiazon) July 22, 2019
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.
Duterte Youth party-list chair Ronald Cardema is at Batasang Pambansa. He says he was invited by 'former bosses'
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) July 22, 2019
7. Senator Bong Revilla, in an astounding comeback, promises “performance” and that his supporters will be proud of him.
— Nimfa R. Ravelo (@nimfaravelo) July 22, 2019
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.
— ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) July 22, 2019
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
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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