MANILA, Philippines – July 27 was President Benigno Aquino III's last State of the Nation Address (SONA). It lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes, but according to netizens, many expectations were still not met.
The biggest reactions from the crowd came after the following happened during the speech:
• When he made the modern-Filipino cultural references
Aquino: Meron pa ring kontra sa "daang matuwid." Ang sagot natin, "ah ganun." "Eh di wow." #SONA2015 — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) July 27, 2015
...and Aquino quotes @aizaseguerra in #SONA2015 : "Thank you, bow." @rapplerdotcom — Paterno Esmaquel II (@paterno_II) July 27, 2015
From "I thank you bow" to "Edi wow!" In fairness to trying to reach out to the younger audience. #SONA2015 — Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) July 27, 2015
• When he made a clear stand against political dynasty
Aquino: Hindi tayo sigurado kung malinis ang intensyon ng susunod. Panahon na para ipasa ang Anti-Dynasty Law. #SONA2015 — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) July 27, 2015
Parody Twitter account @iamnancybinay caught the attention of hundreds of netizens when she tweeted her annoyance.
Anti-Dynasty Law!?? Ohmy!!! Kainiz! #SONA2015 — Nancy B (@IamNancyBinay) July 27, 2015
• When he mentioned Interior Secretary Mar Roxas
Aquino on DILG Sec Mar Roxas: "You proved that you can't put a good man down." #SONA2015 — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) July 27, 2015
President @noynoyAquino to DILG Sec Mar Roxas: Magtiwala ka alam ng taumbayan kung sino talaga ang inuuna ang bayan. #SONA2015 — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) July 27, 2015
• When he mentioned the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo
Aquino mentions late DILG Sec Jesse Robredo: You continue to serve as an inspiration to us all. #SONA2015 — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) July 27, 2015
And then when a few members of the audience booed right after he delivered his speech.
The booing came from people in the audience, and one point came from Drilon to counter the group who put up placards against PNoy. #SONA2015 — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) July 27, 2015
The speech mentioned a summary of his accomplishments and his plans for the last year of his term. But according to some netizens, he failed to mention or expound on a couple of very vital issues.
The most glaring issues that people were looking for were the Mamasapano Clash, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, and the West Philippine Sea dispute with China.
What issues were you looking for? – Rappler.com