‘He followed the script!’: #SONA2018 reactions, hugot, and memes

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‘He followed the script!’: #SONA2018 reactions, hugot, and memes
From funny tweets to direct reactions to the president's speech, here are some tweets that highlight netizens' takes on the 2018 SONA

MANILA, Philippines – It’s that time of the year again!

President Rodrigo Duterte once again delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 23, and as always, the Twitterverse was abuzz with reactions and memes.

From funny tweets to direct reactions to the president’s speech, here are some tweets that highlight netizens’ takes on the 2018 SONA:

Last year’s SONA drinking game is back, but netizens seem to have found healthier alternatives: a SONA bingo game and a SONA workout challenge.

But the senator seemed to have already learned from past SONAs and wore a simple powder blue gown, impressing netizens.

Well, not all netizens:

Just before the SONA, netizens also noticed this glaring spelling error on the government’s accomplishment report:

Of course, there’s also every student’s concern:

Netizens also wonder, even in the SONA, does Filipino time apply?


Of course, an event as big as the SONA wouldn’t be complete without ‘hugot’ lines from Filipino netizens with too many feels.


Reactions to the president’s speech

Beyond ‘hugot’ and memes, however, netizens also went online to express their thoughts as they listened to the president’s speech.

Critics of the president online were quick to react to the president saying that his concern is “human lives,” not “human rights.”



Netizens also hit Duterte mentioning Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque during his speech, saying that it’s a form of campaigning.



Many were also surprised that the president, known for preferring ad-lib speeches, read a prepared speech for most of his address.

To everyone’s surprise, the president, also known for curse-laden speeches, also refrained from cussing:


Here are more reactions to Duterte’s speech:



What are your thoughts on the president’s speech? Let us know in the comments below! – With reports from Annabella Garcia/Rappler.com

Annabella Garcia is a Rappler intern.

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