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Jul 25, 2016
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It's interesting how opposite sides are in anticipation of President Rodrigo Duterte's first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV released a statement detailing what he would like to hear from the Chief of State in the landmark event.

Duterte is set to deliver his first SONA on Monday, July 25. As quoted in an Inquirer story, Trillanes stated, "I want President Duterte to spell out his vision for the country and the corresponding roadmap of programs to actualize that vision. This would prove that he's more than a one-trick pony whose only expertise is a barbaric anti-illegal drug purge."

Trillanes added: "[Duterte should also] do away with the 'Stop this or that' statements because they don't really say much."

It may be recalled that during the campaign period, Trillanes accused Duterte of allegedly having multi-million pesos in various bank accounts that he didn't declare in his statement of assets, liabilities, and networth (SALN). Duterte denied Trillanes' allegations and the issues simply fizzled out. Now, with his statement on Duterte's SONA, we don't know if Trillanes is getting ready to go on "attack mode" against Duterte again.

On the other hand, Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar is fired up about the president's first state report.

Andanar spoke to reporters and declared, "Ayoko pong mag-exaggerate pero first time I read the speech, it made me cry. Ganoon po kaganda, ganoon nakakabagbag-damdamin ang speech ng Pangulo po natin."

Duterte personally wrote his SONA, reports ABS-CBN News.

Andanar further revealed that Duterte's speech is expected to run for "about 38 minutes." He said it had been revised 10 times.

Internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza will direct the event on Monday, July 25, at the Batasang Pambansa. All guests are expected to be at the plenary hall by 3 p.m., after which Duterte will enter.

 

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