The most awaited State of the Nation Address by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo R. Duterte happened this afternoon, 25th of July year 2016, 3:15pm at the Plenary Hall of Batasang Pambasa Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. SONA is an annual address by the President made public for every Filipino to hear all the summarized accomplishments made by the government, the plans for the coming months and the programmes to be held for the people.

And this is Pres. Rodrigo Duterte‘s first ever SONA. He was inaugurated last June 30, 2016 as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

For all State of the Nation Addresses that I have watched, this hooked my complete attention and my interest because of these reasons:

1. He is my President. I have definitely argued with a lot of people as to why they should vote for him. I travelled a long way queued at the Philippine Embassy here in Singapore just to register for absentee voting.

2. Accomplishments. In less than a month, Tatay Digong (as most Davaoeños call him) has done a lot to combat crime rates, illegal drugs, mining, he has talked with China, with NPA and rebels, he has asked for improvement of NAIA issues, MRT issues, traffic, on the process of upgrading internet connection and emergency hotlines, and the government itself, of course with the help of the people he trusted and appointed to do the job.

3. Plans and Promises. Yes. We all had our own share of mistrust and disgust with the government for the past years because of their broken promises and very unsatisfactory service for the poor. And yes, Tatay Digong PROMISED. But this time around, I am not enveloped by disappointment, I am rather turned into a hopeful, ordinary citizen that Philippines will greatly improve in a short period of time.

Click here to watch the complete coverage of the SONA 2016 by ABS-CBN. 

My description of the 2016 State of the Nation Address:

Simple. People who attended were in their business attires instead of designer gowns and Filipiñanas because as he said, SONA is not a “fashion show”.

Sincere. He even doesn’t want to read his script. And his words come from the heart, with his love for his country and his love for God.

Powerful. He delivered it with so much strength that you have no choice but to surrender, follow and support him in his campaign.

Hilarious. A different kind of ambience for a SONA. He has always been funny and he is such a joker that he made the crowd laugh out loud and remove the tension.

Positive. He pointed out that dwelling in the past is not the way. Instead, we have to look forward and move on.

And most of all,

Confident. That during his term, it will indeed be a CLEAN GOVERNMENT.

All we need now is to join hands with him to finally obtain the CHANGE  that we have longed for. The Promise of Change has started. But this won’t be successful without our help. Each one of  us has roles to play to be able to achieve our country’s momentum. He is indeed confidently a man of steel with a heart. What do you feel about the SONA 2016?


– K