Stars react to President Duterte's first SONA

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25, and celebrities were quick to share their views on his speech.

Vice Ganda tweeted that he would continue to pray for the President, that he'd be able to do his job well. 

As an ordinary citizen of this country I will continue to pray for the President. I will let God guide him. God bless President Duterte. — jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) July 25, 2016

 

Actress Coleen Garcia said that she found Duterte's speech "simple, straightforward, and sincere."

Simple. Straightforward. Sincere. #SONA2016 — Coleen Ortega Garcia (@coleengarcia) July 25, 2016

 

In another tweet she wrote: "I don't know about you guys, but I have so much love and respect for our President. Wonderful leader!"

I don't know about you guys, but I have so much love and respect for our President. Wonderful leader! #SONA2016 pic.twitter.com/S8pBUPRxsr — Coleen Ortega Garcia (@coleengarcia) July 25, 2016

 

She followed it up with, "I know that actions speak louder than words, but this makes me feel hopeful for our nation and our people. God bless us all!"

 I know that actions speak louder than words, but this #SONA2016 makes me feel hopeful for our nation and our people. God bless us all! — Coleen Ortega Garcia (@coleengarcia) July 25, 2016

 

Coleen added: "Let's do our part in making sure that this vision becomes a reality. Our leaders can only do so much. The rest has to come from us."

Let's do our part in making sure that this vision becomes a reality. Our leaders can only do so much. The rest has to come from us #SONA2016 — Coleen Ortega Garcia (@coleengarcia) July 25, 2016

 

Duterte's plans for free wifi in public areas caught singer Mark Bautista's attention.

Fast wifi in public and government areas including parks,government hospitals,airports and seaports #SONA2016 /p>— Mark Bautista (@iammarkbautista) July 25, 2016

 

Aiza Seguerra, meanwhile, praised Bayang Barrios for singing the National Anthem despite some technical problems.

 

Actress Ruffa Gutierrez tweeted some quotes from Duterte's speeches.

Finger pointing is not the way!!! -DUTERTE #SONA2016 #SONADu30 — Ruffa Gutierrez (@iloveruffag) July 25, 2016

 

I will not waste time dwelling on the sins of the past ...- DUTERTE #SONA2016 #SONADu30 — Ruffa Gutierrez (@iloveruffag) July 25, 2016

 

In one tweet, Ruffa said she liked the new president for being honest and funny.

#PresidentDuterte is so honest and hilarious!I'm amused while watching! #SONA2016 #SONAdu30 — Ruffa Gutierrez (@iloveruffag) July 25, 2016

 

Sarah Labhati also tweeted a quote from Duterte's speech.

" I assure you, this will be a clean government." - President Duterte #SONA2016 — Sarah Lahbati (@SarahLahbati) July 25, 2016

 

Actress Sunshine Cruz said she is looking forward to a better Philippines after hearing Duterte's speech.

Excited and looking forward to a better Philippines. God bless you our dear President. #SONA2016 — Sunshine Cruz (@sunshinecruz718) July 25, 2016

 

Social media star Kimpoy Feliciano joked about the President's plans to lower taxes, saying, "More pocket money, mga bes!!"

"We will lower personal and corporate income tax" MORE POCKET MONEY MGA BES!! #SONA2016 — Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) July 25, 2016

 

Comedian Ethel Booba also lightened things up by tweeting: "Call 8888 wag magtext baka iregister ka ng Globe sa Unli. Charot!" referencing the 24-hour hotline for citizen complaints that will be launched in August. 

Call 8888 wag magtext baka iregister ka ng Globe sa Unli. Charot! #SONA2016 — Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) July 25, 2016

 

What did you think of Duterte's SONA? Let us know in the comments section. – Rappler.com